When the Los Angeles Rams open their first season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, they will be without cornerback Troy Hill, thanks to a suspension from the league.

The team announced Hill received a two-game suspension, without pay, for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He will be able to return to the team on Sept. 18. The suspension doesn’t bar him from being able to participate with the team throughout the off-season.


Hill was arrested last November for a DUI, where he crashed his vehicle. Hill was then released from the team, only to be brought back shortly after his release.

While a blow to the Rams’, it will not be a major one. Hill was a four-time starter with the team when he came over from the New England Patriots in 2015. Hill played in 12 total games last season, and the results were not favorable. He had just two pass deflections and 33 tackles. According to ProFootballFocus, he was one of the worst corners on the team.

“Unfortunately, Troy Hill has been the worst cornerback in coverage this season. His 336 yards allowed on 155 snaps in coverage measures out to one of the worst rates in the league.”