Former Panthers special teamer Jarrod Cooper’s NFL career was probably over anyway, but its end was likely finalized this week when he was suspended again by the league.
Cooper has been out of football since August, when Oakland released him after training camp this year.
He served a pair of four-game suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse and steroid policies (with Carolina in 2003 and Oakland in 2007), but the most recent punishment handed down from commissioner Roger Goodell was for “at least one year.”
The 30-year-old was coming off a 2007 knee injury when the Raiders cut him, and with his age and track record, it’s almost certain his days as a player are done.
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The shame of it was, when Cooper was on, he could be as engaging a player as any. But his off-field problems (made worse by some of the company he kept), ultimately prevented him from maintaining his niche in the league.