Why was Jimmy Garoppolo suspended? Raiders QB set to be released after receiving 2-game PED ban

Jimmy Garoppolo’s tumultuous Raiders tenure is coming to an unceremonious end. 

The NFL formally announced a two-game suspension for Garoppolo on Friday, with reports indicating the Raiders are also planning to release the veteran quarterback before he’s due to receive a roster bonus in mid-March. 

Garoppolo started Super Bowl 54 for the 49ers just four years ago, but the end of his tenure in San Francisco was defined by uncertainty as the franchise searched for his replacement. The 32-year-old was hoping to find some stability in Las Vegas, but that idea faded as soon as the Raiders fired coach Josh McDaniels nearly halfway through this past season.

Garoppolo was subsequently benched by then-interim coach Antonio Pierce, though Garoppolo didn’t help himself by throwing nine interceptions across six starts.

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Here’s what you need to know about Garoppolo’s suspension as the quarterback prepares to move on from Las Vegas.

Why was Jimmy Garoppolo suspended?

The NFL suspended Garoppolo two games Friday for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who added that the Raiders plan to release Garoppolo before the start of the new league year.

Garoppolo’s suspension is the result of the veteran using a prescribed medication without receiving a Therapeutic Use Exemption from the NFL. The league’s performance-enhancing substance policy calls for a six-game suspension when a player tests positive for an “anabolic agent,” so Garoppolo is receiving only a fraction of that ban for a different type of violation. 

Garoppolo signed a three-year, $72.75 million deal with more than $33 million in guarantees with the Raiders last March but was benched by Las Vegas after the midseason firing of coach Josh McDaniels. 

While the suspension doesn’t help matters for Garoppolo as he prepares to look for a new home, the Raiders always planned to move on, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Las Vegas “has been in the market for a QB,” Rapoport said, with both free agency and the draft on the table.

Garoppolo, meanwhile, will be able to participate in training camp and the preseason with his next team, but will be forced to sit out the first two games of the regular season due to his suspension.


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