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Rams WR Suspended 4 Games For Failing Drug Test

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St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis can't get his hands on a Sam Bradford pass as Washington Redskins LaRon Landry (L) and Kevin Barnes defend late in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on October 2, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Rams WR Austin Pettis can’t get his hands on a Sam Bradford pass as Washington Redskins LaRon Landry (L) and Kevin Barnes defend late in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on October 2, 2011. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Austin Pettis has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

A third-round pick out of Boise State, Pettis has made three starts and has 27 catches for 256 yards, a 9.5-yard average. He’ll be eligible to return after the Rams’ second game next season, and can participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo did not mention Pettis’ suspension after practice Wednesday and said in a statement later in the day that the team was disappointed, but the Rams respected the NFL’s decision.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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