NFL suspends Bears DT Nate Collins

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Nate Collins has been suspended by the NFL for one game without pay and fined an additional game check. Collins violated the league's substance-abuse policy. He'll miss the season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Collins had a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge in Virginia earlier this year.

Collins was arrested earlier this offseason following a traffic stop in Northern Virginia where he was pulled over for an illegal window tint.

The officer discovered an odor or marijuana and marijuana was found after he consented to a vehicle search.

Collins was signed to a one-year contract in May after playing in 13 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the previous two seasons.

Collins joined the New York Giants in 2010 after playing collegiately at the University of Virginia.

Collins previously visited the Seattle Seahawks. Collins was with Jaguars before they removed their qualifying offer.

Collins, 24, is a 6-foot-2, 296-pound former University of Virginia player who had 10 tackles and a half-sack in 12 games last season. For more coverage of the NFL, go to

Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Recommended Stories

  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.