New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who was the top-selling product in the league this season, will not participate in the 2017 season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday.
Tuck was suspended by the league for the first four games of the season following an incident in which he and teammate Odell Beckham Jr. engaged in a verbal altercation in the locker room during the Giants’ 31-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 31.
Goodell also suspended defensive end Jonathan Casillas for the second consecutive game and linebacker Victor Cruz for one game for their respective roles in the altercation.
The league did not specify when the suspensions would be lifted.
Tucking was the Giants leading rusher with 791 yards on 45 carries and a team-high 14 sacks.
Tucks first-half average of 5.6 yards per carry was the fifth-lowest of any Giants running back.
In Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tuck rushed for 81 yards on 18 carries.
In Weeks 3-4, Tucks rushing average of 4.7 yards per rush was the lowest of any running back, and he finished with four receptions for 27 yards.
The Giants were without starting defensive end Nick Fairley (foot) for the final two games of this season.
The two players were not in uniform in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs win.
The team also lost wide receiver Tavon Austin for the season after sustaining a concussion in the Giants final regular-season game.
Injuries to cornerback Dontae Johnson (back) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (concussion) also limited the Giants to just three players on the active roster.
The loss of Fairley and Austin could open up opportunities for rookies to step in at the position.
Johnson was the starting nickel cornerback in the team’s final regular season game and finished with five tackles, a sack and an interception.
The 26-year-old Johnson was a sixth-round pick by the Giants in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Robinson was the sixth-rounder in 2016.
Tucker has been one of the Giants top running backs this season and is tied for third in the NFL with 12 touchdowns.
He is the Giants No. 3 running back behind Eli Manning (11) and Rashad Jennings (10).