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Report: Pats practice squad player suspended for using banned supplement

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A New England Patriots practice squad player has been suspended, per the NFL's transaction wire.

Linebacker Michael Pinckney was suspended for six games, ESPN's Mike Reiss first reported Friday. The 22-year-old used a banned supplement while rehabbing an offseason hip surgery, according to NESN's Doug Kyed.

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Pinckney is an undrafted rookie out of Miami who was added to the Patriots practice squad in October. Last year as a senior with the Hurricanes, he totaled 64 tackles (12.5 for a loss).

The Patriots are scheduled to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.