Deiondre' Hall's status with the Bears looks a little murkier this afternoon.
Earlier today, the NFL released a statement announcing that Hall has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
"Deiondre' Hall has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse," the statement read. "Hall will be eligble to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, September 10th following the team's September 9th game against the Green Bay Packers. Hall is eligble to participate in all preseason practices and games."
The suspension comes at a time when Hall is fighting for a roster spot:
Hall already had an uphill climb to make the roster, with Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson having solid preseasons so far.— JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) August 20, 2018
Hall has played in 10 games (eight in 2016, two in 2017) for the Bears since being drafted by the team in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. Through two years, he's totaled seven tackles, two passes defended and one interception.
It's a new year, new team for Cam Ward, who spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes before signing in Chicago on a one-year deal this summer. That means a newly-designed goalie mask is required to match up with his new team's colors, uniform and Blackhawks logo.
The designer of Ward's goalie masks Steve Nash, whose clients include 2017-18 Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck, two-time Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick and three-time 30-win netminder Martin Jones, shared a teaser on Twitter of Ward's new Blackhawks-themed mask for the upcoming season and it's sweet.
Check it out:
Long awaited teaser of Cam Ward’s new 2018-19 @NHLBlackhawks goalie mask all painted up just getting ready for clear coat!— EYECANDYAIR (@Eyecandyair) August 20, 2018
🎨🖌 Airbrushed by Steve Nash @Eyecandyair on a Sportmask #NHL #ChicagoBlackhawks pic.twitter.com/pDuL65zhoK