The NFL has suspended former University of Maine defensive back Daren Stone for the first four games of the 2009 season, according to FOXSports.com in a report published Friday.
Two sources told FOXSports.com Tuesday about the suspension, but a specific reason for it wasn’t immediately known.
A second-year player, Stone appeared in eight games last year on special teams as a Ravens reserve after signing with the team at midseason. Stone, 23, became a free agent during the offseason when the Ravens didn’t tender him a contract as an exclusive-rights player.
A 2007 sixth-round pick by Atlanta, Stone played in 12 games for Atlanta as a rookie. He was arrested on a drunken-driving charge in June 2008 and released two months later at the end of training camp.
The Lockport, N.Y., product was named third-team All-Atlantic 10 for Maine in 2005 after leading the conference with five interceptions while playing cornerback. In his senior season with the Black Bears in 2006, Stone was named second-team All-Atlantic 10 after amassing 50 tackles, four sacks, and five passes defended in 10 games.
In 41 games during his four years in Orono, Stone recorded 173 tackles (111 solos) with five sacks for minus-47 yards and 16.5 stops for losses totaling 85 yards.