Safety T.J. McDonald suspended amid visit with Miami Dolphins

Rams safety T.J. McDonald tries to tackle Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

This is a pretty good way to mess up a free-agent visit.

T.J. McDonald, a safety who played for the Rams last season, visited with the Dolphins about the time he was hit with an eight-game unpaid suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

McDonald was arrested last year on a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $390, in addition to having to complete community service and undergo treatment.

McDonald, 26, was the Rams’ third-round pick in 2013 and has 53 starts, four interceptions and 215 tackles.

McDonald was taken with the 71st overall pick in 2013, a pick the Rams obtained in a trade with Buffalo that included the 46th pick, which the Bills used on linebacker Kiko Alonso, a current Dolphin.

NFL.com ranked McDonald 18th on its list of the top free agents.

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