Giants safety Will Hill has failed a drug test for the third time in his three-year NFL career and could face suspension from the league as well as possible release from the team, according to multiple reports Tuesday.
It is unclear whether the failed test is in violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy or its performance-enhancing drugs policy, both of which he has violated in the past. In 2012, he was suspended four games for the performance enhancing violation and claimed he was taking the prescription drug Adderall. Last season, he was suspended another four games when he tested positive for and spoke openly about his use of marijuana. Hill is expected to appeal the latest test results.
Hill figured to be an important piece of the Giants' defense this season, teaming with Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown to form a strong three-safety unit. If he is unavailable, the free-agent signing of safety Quintin Demps would become more than just a special teams addition. Demps or second-year safety Cooper Taylor would be the most likely piece for the three-safety packages.
Hill has had a troubled career that began when he went undrafted in 2011 out of Florida due to personal issues and was out of football that season.
He also was arrested last December for being delinquent on his child support payments. Police said they observed evidence "suggesting that marijuana was prepared and smoked in the vehicle" at the time of the traffic stop and arrest, although no drug charges were filed. Hill traveled with the team to Detroit two days later and made a key interception that he returned for a touchdown to seal the Giants' victory over the Lions.