Washington football team released tight end and former Green Bay Packers third round selection Jace sternberger in an effort to free up space before Logan Thomas returns from the injured reserve, NFL insider Tom Pelissero says. Thomas has been sidelined since Week 4 with a hamstring injury and is expected to train again next week once the team reunites after the bye, meanwhile Sternberger, 25 years old, strikes on waivers.
Washington withdrew Sternberger from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad on October 6, after Thomas sustained a right thigh injury in the team’s 34-30 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Sternberger is yet to appear in a game this season.
On June 10, Sternberger was suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and schedule, according to a league exit. At that time, Sternberger was announced as eligible to return to the team’s active roster on September 21, following the Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. By the initial release from his suspension, Sternberger was eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. After Sternberger’s suspension was over, the Packers waived him.
Shortly after the suspension was announced, Sternberger took to Twitter to publish a statement on the suspension. In his statement, Sternberger noted that he fell asleep while driving a car while taking antidepressants and also after consuming alcohol.
“In February 2020, I made a horrible decision”, Sternberger wrote. “While taking antidepressants, I decided to drink, which made me fall asleep while driving. My coaches and teammates were the first to know. I want to apologize to the Packers organization and everyone who has supported me on this trip.
“It is never okay to drink and drive. Over the past 16 months, I have been in therapy and have continuously worked to become a better person. I will never ignore my mistakes, I recognized my bad decision and accept the consequences.
A Texas A&M third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Sternberger came to the Packers as an All-SEC first-team pick and Consensus All-American in the 2018 season. Sternberger to play in just six games in 2019 and he only scored once, when he caught a touchdown pass in the NFC Championship game. But Sternberger’s numbers increased in 2020.
Sternberger played 12 games in 2020, catching 12 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t catch any assists during the 2020 Packers playoffs, which ended in the NFC Championship game.