Giants fullback Nikita Whitlock's season was already over. Now it's a good bet his Giants career is over too.
Whitlock was hit with a 10-game suspension by the NFL on Thursday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. It's his second PED-related suspension, following the four-game ban he served back in 2014.
Whitlock is already on injured reserve and out for the season with a foot injury. Since he's a two-time offender who is facing a two-year ban should he fail another test, and since his contract is up at the end of this season, it's hard to imagine the Giants will invite him back in 2017.
Whitlock was due to make $525,000 this season if he remained on IR and didn't reach an injury settlement with the Giants. The suspension will cost him $308,823 of that salary.
The 25-year-old Whitlock was signed to the Giants practice squad late in the 2014 season and beat out Henry Hynoski for the fullback job the next summer. He became a bit of a sensation playing both fullback and defensive tackle in the 14 games before he injured his knee. This summer he only appeared at fullback before what the Giants called a sprained foot landed him on IR.
Whitlock is the second Giants player to be suspended this season. Kicker Josh Brown was hit with a one-game ban for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy when he was arrested for a domestic violence incident in May, 2015. Brown served the suspension on opening day and he has since been activated and will kick for the Giants in their home opener on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.