Eric Moore, facing up to a year in federal prison on steroid possession charges, was suspended by the NFL on Friday for the first four 1993 regular-season games for violating league policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
The suspension will cost the New York Giants' starting right guard $182,500, a quarter of his $730,000 annual salary.
Moore pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of steroids on June 24 in Atlanta. He is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 9, four days after the Giants open their season against the Chicago Bears.
Quarterback Rodney Peete directed two first-half scoring drives to lead the Detroit Lions to a 14-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills in the NFL's exhibition season-opener at Pontiac, Mich.
Peete strengthened his bid to win the Lions' starting quarterback job as he completed seven of 13 passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns.