So much for those four pillars. St. Louis Rams wide receiver and punt returner Nick Miller received a four-game suspension for using performance enhancing substances, reports Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch.
Miller is the second player from the 2011 Rams to be suspended for PEDs. Fellow receiver Austin Pettis earned a four-game suspension in December 2011, missing the last two games of the season. Pettis' suspension will bleed over into the first two games of the regular season.
The Rams added Miller in October, mostly as a replacement on returns for Danny Amendola. Fans remember Miller for his 88-yard punt return touchdown in Week 12, a game the Rams ultimately lost, in part because they punted to Patrick Peterson, who also returned a punt for a touchdown, something he did with some frequency against the Rams last year.
Miller is under contract for the 2012 season, for a minimal salary. Making the team this year was already something of a stretch, to say the least, especially with Amendola and others returning to health.
Video of Miller's punt-return touchdown, the longest since the franchise moved to St. Louis, after the jump.