Free agent safety T.J. McDonald has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2017 regular season.

McDonald, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams, violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

"It is very unfortunate that T.J. will miss the first eight games this season, but he and I are both looking forward to him returning to regular-season action when eligible," McDonald's agent, Andrew Kessler, told ESPN.