New England Patriots rookie linebacker Michael Pinckney is facing NFL suspension for undisclosed reasons, according to Friday’s transaction wire.
The 22-year-old University of Miami product went unselected in the spring after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum during the pre-draft process.
Pinckney appeared in 49 games and made 47 starts during his Hurricanes career. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker totaled 267 tackles, 14.5 sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery from his freshman season up through his senior season.
Pinckney was twice an All-ACC honorable mention before earning second-team All-ACC recognition last fall.
The Patriots, with an available practice squad of 15, host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET at Gillette Stadium.