Brandon Collins was going to be a long shot to make the Giants team. And now, he may have no shot at all.

On Monday, the NFL announced that Collins, a 24-year-old receiver who spent last season in the Giants’ practice squad, had drawn a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Collins was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season, and he will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 30. He is, however, permitted to participate in preseason practices and games.

Then again, there’s now a chance that Collins, an undrafted free agent receiver in 2012, doesn’t even make the Giants roster. Now that Victor Cruz has signed his restricted free agent tender, the team is well-stocked at receiver, with Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and second-year man Rueben Randle manning three-wide sets, and vets Louis Murphy and Ramses Barden around to add depth.

Collins will enter camp fighting for a roster spot, and he’ll do so with yet another blemish on his resume. He entered the league last season with a history of missteps, having missed the entire 2009 season at the University of Texas due to academic ineligibility. A year later, in 2010, he was dismissed from the longhorn program after being arrested for aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity.