The NFL is back in full force after the league suspended its most prized talent and fined a team $100,000 for deflating a football’s ball.
The NFL announced Tuesday that Steelers receiver Antonio Brown had been suspended indefinitely from the team, while Ravens running back Justin Forsett will miss four games with a neck injury.
The suspension means Brown, who caught four touchdown passes last season, is the highest-paid player in the NFL this season, earning $1.8 million per season.
Forsett is the NFL’s top-paid running back, earning nearly $3 million per year.
That’s more than $1 million more than the average NFL running back.
Brown and Forsett each are second on the team with $2.1 million in salary.
Brown is third, with $1,865,800, while Forsett is fifth with $918,400.
The suspensions are the latest fallout from the NFL lockout that began Dec. 15, and they follow the NFL suspending a number of its players after they violated a new policy allowing players to choose not to participate in voluntary offseason work programs.
The suspensions come after the NFL announced that it will allow players to skip the offseason program, which was originally designed to help players prepare for the 2020 season.
The lockout is the latest development in an increasingly tense situation in the National Football League, which has been rocked by a series of violent incidents, including the death of an Oakland Raiders fan who was shot in the neck in September.
The league has also been rocked this season by protests over the death in Cleveland of a black man who was allegedly struck by police.