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Green Bay Packers cut Jace Sternberger after suspension ends

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Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA;   Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger (87) runs following a catch against the Houston Texans during their preseason football game on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.  Mandatory Credit: William Glasheen-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger (87) runs following a catch against the Houston Texans during their preseason football game on Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Mandatory Credit: William Glasheen-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers released tight end Jace Sternberger on Tuesday just as he completed a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.

Sternberger was suspended in June by the NFL due to a February 2020 incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking while taking antidepressants.

The Packers have four tight ends on the roster and chose not to retain the 25-year-old Sternberger.

“That’s always a tough decision whenever you have a competitive room like that,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters on Tuesday, one day following the team’s 35-17 win over the Detroit Lions. “It was one of those deals where we appreciate everything Jace has done. You know, it was just a tough decision.”

Sternberger, a third-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2019, had 12 receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown in 18 games with Green Bay.

When he was suspended, Sternberger apologized and said he made a “horrible decision.” He also said, “I have owned up to my poor decision and accept the consequences.”

–Field Level Media