The New York Giants announced Monday that they waived safety Will Hill.
Hill was suspended Friday for the first six games of this season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. It was his third suspension in three years.
He also missed four games last year and four others in 2012 due to drug-related bans.
Hill was in line to start alongside Antrel Rolle in the Giants' secondary this season until the latest suspension. Hill faced at last a year-long ban but an appeal dropped it to six games.
Last season, Hill had 77 tackles, two interceptions, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
The Giants, without Hill, are thin at safety. Stevie Brown could be the top candidate to replace him as a starter. Brown had eight interceptions in 2012 but a torn ACL kept him out all of last season.
When the Giants officially released center David Baas earlier in the offseason as a post-June 1 designation, it added $5 million in cap space as of Monday. That gives them the flexibility to sign another safety.