San Francisco 49ers receiver Victor Bolden has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league announced the ban on Friday. Bolden will be eligible to participate in the offseason and preseason games and can return to the active roster on Oct. 1, following San Francisco’s fourth game.

Staying in meetings after getting hurt was helpful, Anzalone said. Talking to the (veterans) and still learning, watching film and doing all that stuff was definitely beneficial.

Anzalone was one of three rookie starters on the Saints’ defense last season, including cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who was the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Lattimore said he was impressed by the athleticism Anzalone brought to the linebacker position.

He’s very versatile. He can hit you or he can cover you, so we’re going to get a great player back, Lattimore said. We missed him a little bit during the season, but now that he’s back, hopefully he’s 100 percent.

Yes, some players would jeopardize offseason workout bonuses if they miss more than 10 or 20 percent of the total offseason program. But if players aren’t willing to go without a six-figure payment in order to prove a point now, how will they ever go without seven-figure salaries when the time comes to consider striking, or not caving in the face of a lockout?

Besides, it’s not as if all players need to not show up. If the NFL’s starting quarterbacks come together and agree to make it known to all other quarterbacks on the roster that none of them will be working, well, good luck having football practice with no quarterbacks.

And if any of the young quarterbacks decide to cross the de facto picket line, consider this cautionary tale from Paul Zimmerman’s memoir.

In 1974, Chiefs quarterback David Jaynes, a third-round rookie, crossed the picket line. Center Jack Rudnay, who was the leader of Kansas City’s strike effort, had a message for Jaynes when the strike ended.