Earlier this year, as the XFL was readying for kickoff the Tampa Bay Vipers had signed Antonio Calloway. The signing did not come without its critics as Callaway was currently serving a 4-game suspension in the NFL. It was even speculated that the signing had rubbed Vince McMahon the wrong way, being brought up as one of the reasons he has terminated Oliver Luck prior to filing for bankruptcy.
Callaway never hit the field for the Tampa Bay Vipers, being placed on injured reserve ahead of the first game with a reported lower-leg injury.
Fast forward to present, Antonio Callaway’s NFL comeback has been pushed back a few more weeks. Already serving the remainder of a 2019 suspension, Callaway has been hit with another suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. According Josh Tolentino of The Athletic, the NFL has tacked on an additional four games, meaning Callaway won’t be eligible to suit up “until his team has played seven games.”
#Dolphins PS WR Antonio Callaway has been suspended without pay for an additional four games of the 2020 regular season for violating the NFL policy on substances of abuse. Callaway will be eligible to return to play once Miami plays seven games in 2020.
— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) September 18, 2020
The Dolphins signed him to their practice squad at the end of preseason camp, ahead of their 2020 season-opener. Miami lost its season-opener 21-11 to the New England Patriots. The Dolphins’ eighth game is scheduled for Nov. 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.
In November 2019, Callaway was suspended 10 games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and waived by the Cleveland Browns. Over the 2018-19 seasons, Callaway appeared in 20 games for the Browns, catching 51 passes for 675 yards and 5 touchdowns.