Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 season for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse, the league announced Thursday.
The 24-year-old will be eligible to return to the Packers' active roster Sept. 21 following the team's Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions.
Sternberger revealed he consumed alcohol while on antidepressants and fell asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle in February 2020. He apologized to the organization and has been attending therapy since the incident.
Sternberger is preparing for his third campaign in Green Bay. He tallied 12 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown through 12 contests in 2020.
The Texas A&M product started one game for the Packers in 2019 and recorded three receptions for 15 yards and a score in the postseason.
He will be eligible to participate in all offseason activities, including preseason practices and games.