What to know about the new NFL sanctions

The NFL announced the first penalties for student-athlete conduct, including the suspensions of four players for violating the league’s student-conduct policy.

Here’s what you need to know.


The penalties are in effect for this season.

Here is the full list: • Tom Brady, WR • Antonio Brown, WR• DeAndre Hopkins, WR (suspended for a violation of team rules)• Jeremy Maclin, WR/WR• Ryan Mathews, RB• Andre Johnson, RB • Mike Wallace, WR The list of players and teams subject to discipline does not include any former players.

The suspensions range from one to five games.

The first suspension will be a three-game suspension for Maclin and a four-game fine for Johnson.

The fines range from $500 to $1,500 for each violation.

The second suspension will come on Nov. 24, and the third on Jan. 6.

The fourth suspension will begin Jan. 9.

A fifth violation will result in a six-game ban.

All of the suspensions are for the first four games.


Players must report to the league office immediately after the first violation.

Players will be required to report to their respective teams’ locker rooms.

If players fail to do so, they will be fined.

If the player does not comply, the player will be suspended.

The sanctions are cumulative and can be appealed.

If a player is not punished for a first violation, the suspension will not end.


Any player who violates team rules or other league rules will be subject to a one-game personal fouls suspension.

If an individual is not subject to that punishment, they can appeal the penalty.


If any player has multiple violations, the first offense will result of a one game suspension.

Any subsequent violations will result a one or two-game penalty.

Players who violate the same team rules will also receive a one, two or three-day suspension.

Players can appeal any of these punishments to the commissioner’s office.


Players may appeal the penalties to the NFL office.

Players are required to submit the appeal to the Commissioner within 30 days of receiving the suspension.

All appeals will be evaluated by the Commissioner and his/her staff.

If no action is taken within the 30-day period, the penalty will be rescinded.

6,821 players were suspended last season, according to the official statistics.

This is down from 8,865 in 2016.

A suspension can be overturned on appeal, and there are exceptions for player safety.

This includes instances in which a player was charged with a crime and pled guilty.

Players cannot appeal suspension decisions.


The punishments for academic violations are in the same category as for the violations related to student-activity.

Players have three chances to appeal the academic violations; they can either appeal the discipline or be fined up to $250 for the third violation.

A player can also petition for a rehearing and be granted an opportunity to be reinstated.

The petition process is at the discretion of the Commissioner.

The commissioner’s decision is final.


Players that have been suspended or fined for academic conduct or student-activities will be eligible for reinstatement during the regular season.

Players eligible for re-instatement will be awarded a bonus.

The bonus is a $500 bonus.

9,879 players were fined last season.

The league office issued a total of $2.7 billion in fines for violations.