The Denver Broncos’ fourth-round pick Ryan Kerigan will be suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season for targeting an opponent, the team announced Friday.
The Broncos will begin the season on a four-game losing streak.
The team announced the suspension at the team’s annual media day in Las Vegas.
Kerigan was not named to the team for the game in Denver.
The rookie quarterback has been battling concussion symptoms throughout training camp and has yet to play a regular-season snap.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he is disappointed with Kerigan’s actions.
The NFL has yet, however, to provide an explanation for the league’s suspension.
Kerrigan was initially charged with two counts of conduct detrimental to the franchise, which carries a $100,000 fine and two games’ suspension.
He has appealed the charges and a hearing has been set for next week.
Kernan will serve his suspension through the end of the regular season, the Broncos said in a statement.
Denver also fined linebacker Brandon Marshall $50,000 for targeting and elbowing teammate Brandon Marshall on the head during a preseason game in 2017.
Marshall was not penalized.