NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Justin Hilliard #47 and...

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Justin Hilliard #47 and Dallas Gant #19 of the Ohio State Buckeyes react after a fumble recovery against the Clemson Tigers in the second half during the College Football Playoff semifinal game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Images/Sean Gardner

Justin Hilliard's uphill climb to make the Giants' roster just got steeper.

The second-year linebacker has been suspended two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the NFL announced Friday.

Hilliard, undrafted from Ohio State and claimed by the Giants early last season from the 49ers, never appeared in a game in 2021 and spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve (ankle).

He figures to be a longshot to make the team this summer.

He will be able to participate in training camp and preseason games before his suspension begins at the start of the regular season.

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