Giants linebacker Hilliard suspended two games

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New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard was suspended two games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Hilliard, an exhausted free agent who spent most of last year on injured reserve, spent time this spring working on first-team defense while starting center-back Blake Martinez continues his rehabilitation from a torn ACL. It bode well for the prospects for the Ohio State sophomore under the Giants’ new regime.

In a tweet Friday, Hilliard said he takes “full responsibility” for having the banned substance in his body.

“I have been informed by the NFL that I tested positive for a banned diuretic – Spironolactone (Canrenone),” Hilliard wrote. “After investigations, it became clear that I was mistakenly taking my partner’s prescription medication instead of my own anti-inflammatory prescription. I’m well aware of the NFL’s zero tolerance policy, and I take full responsibility for having a banned substance in my body.”

Hilliard can participate in training camp exercises and games. He is eligible to return to the team’s Week 3 game Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Hilliard was demanded exemptions by the Giants before the start of last season. He was placed on injured reserve in mid-October with an ankle injury he sustained during training.

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