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LaVon Brazill Suspension Opens Door for Young Wide Receivers

With the suspension of Brazill for four games, do some of the other wide receivers have a shot at making the final roster?

Joe Robbins

A four-game suspension for LaVon Brazill certainly hurts the young receiver in a number of ways, but is his spot on the roster now in jeopardy?

If you look at the other guys fighting on this roster, the answer is a resounding yes.

Brazill was suspended on Monday for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He wasn't the biggest name on this roster, but he was able to get on the field from time to time and make plays. He had 11 catches for 186 yards and a score in his rookie year in the league.

Still, even though he was able to get on the field last year, there are other guys that could take his spot.

At this point in time, there are already three spots at the wide receiver position taken. Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be on the field for the majority of snaps throughout the 2013 season.

If you look behind them, there could only be two or three spots up for grabs at the position, and there are certainly other players besides Brazill that could take these spots.

Griff Whalen was a guy that impressed fans during the 2012 preseason but was sidelined due to injury before getting a real shot at making the final cut.

In 2013, Whalen has continued to impress once again. The former Stanford Cardinal already has an established relationship with Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener, but the return of his former college offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton will likely help him out more than anything. A few familiar faces and a familiar offensive scheme could give Whalen all of the tools to thrive with the Colts this season.

Nathan Palmer is another guy people keep hearing about. He has been impressing a lot of people during the offseason, including the Colts. He was on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad last season, but the Colts saw something in him, and decided to bring him in back in September.

The guy I'm really curious to see is Jeremy Kelley, the former CFL and AFL player that came out of the University of Maine back in 2010. The Colts aren't used to seeing wide receivers over six feet tall, but Kelley is listed at 6'6'' and could be a legitimate red zone threat.

The Colts may very well keep Brazill after all, but with a four-game suspension and a number of young guys impressing during workouts, No. 15 needs to understand that he's now on the hot seat.