The Green Bay Packers released tight end Jace Sternberger on Tuesday just as he completed a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.
Sternberger was suspended in June by the NFL due to a February 2020 incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking while taking antidepressants.
The Packers have four tight ends on the roster and chose not to retain the 25-year-old Sternberger.
"That's always a tough decision whenever you have a competitive room like that," Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Tuesday, one day following the team's 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions. "It was one of those deals where we appreciate everything Jace has done. You know, it was just a tough decision."
Sternberger, a third-round pick out of Texas AM in 2019, had 12 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown in 18 games with Green Bay.
When he was suspended, Sternberger apologized and said he made a "horrible decision." He also said, "I have owned up to my poor decision and accept the consequences."
--Field Level Media