Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris suspended 1 game by NFL for drug violation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was suspended one game without pay by the NFL on Tuesday for violating its substance abuse policy.

Tight end Demetrius Harris #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Harris pleaded guilty in March in Bates County, Missouri, to one count of marijuana possession and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to two days in jail, fined $500 and given two years’ probation along with 80 hours of community service.

Harris must also complete an NFL drug program.

The 26-year-old Harris has been the backup to Travis Kelce, though he’s been relatively disappointing ever since the Chiefs drafted the college basketball player out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He’s played four seasons in Kansas City, and last season set career highs with 18 catches and 224 years.

The Chiefs released the following statement in regard to the suspension:

“This morning the NFL notified the club that tight end Demetrius Harris will serve a one-game suspension effective Week 1 of the regular season. We respect and support the league’s decision in this matter and will have no further comment on the situation.”

An NFL spokesperson said Harris will be eligible to return to the Chiefs’ active roster on Sept. 10 after the team’s game against the Los Angles Chargers. He will be eligible to participate in off-season and pre-season practices and games in the meantime.