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  • Whos having Shannon Sharpe Jersey the worst day-before-the-holiday-weekend? Not nece sarily Sheldon Richardson ,or Rolando McClain ,or Antonio Gates ,or Datone Jones .The one really getting a raw deal is the a sistant in the NFL office in charge of sending out the releases announcing all the player suspensions.Whoever it is, he or she had to have been clearing off his or her desk at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, eyeballing the elevator, grabbing the car keys or Metrocard, thinking about the beach or the patio or the front stoop.MORE: NFL suspensions shorter than Tom Brady's | AFC predictions | NFC predictions Then, with no warning, two straight hours of work, informing the league and the world that four veteran players were getting their Fourth of July Jared Crick Jersey weekends ruined, and were having a quarter of their 2015 salaries liberated from them.Now? Right now? This cant wait til Monday?No, it couldnt. Of all the NFLs well-known Friday-afternoon news dumps, this (a day early) was the biggest dump: four players in one offseason afternoon could very well be a record, although it's not one the NFL officially tallies. The only decent news: at least commi sioner Roger Goodell didn't addaTom Brady appeal decisiontoit.Hopefully, whoever had to stay late to deliver it all, wasn't also asked to come in to work over the weekend. Richardson, the Jets All-Pro defensive end, was first.Whoa, Jets' Sheldon Richardson suspended four games for violating the substances of abuse policy Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 2, 2015 Then, barely a half-hour later, came McClain, the Cowboys middle linebacker coming off the career renai sance season.Another one: Cowboys' Rolando McClain suspended four games for violating substance Garett Bolles Jersey abuse policy, per NFL Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 2, 2015 The next two, Jones and Gates, got the boot one right after the other. Jones, the Packers defensive end, got only one game, but it was for the same violation, drugs of abuse.Datone Jones joins the pre-holiday weekend suspension parade http://t.co/LMIcrCGJZa ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 2, 2015 The shocker was Gates: four games, like McClain and Richardson, but for a performance-enhancer, which he admitted to taking. For much of last season, he was applauded for how productive he still was at age 34.ANTONIO GATES STATEMENT: "In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the (cont) http://t.co/gZlZCM47Mv EAGSportsManagement (@EAGSports) July 2, 2015 By 4 p.m. ET, the football world was on pins and needles, wondering who was next Donald Stephenson Jersey . Another half-hour pa sed. Most of the country was in beat-the-traffic mode by then, but the NFL buzz was thick.Thatdelayed, thoroughly-annoyeda sistant in the league office, though, probably hadnt gone anywhere yet. On NFL news-dump day, why take the chance?