The Chicago Bears 2016 season just went from bad to borderline laughable, as Pro Bowl wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
"Obviously we're very disappointed," head coach John Fox said today. "He’s fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension."
Jeffery, who is playing on the franchise tag this year, is suspended without pay for the upcoming contests against the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Lions. He'll lose more than $4.3 million due to the suspension. He will be eligible to return for the Dec. 18 game against the Green Bay Packers.
"I look at it like a lot of the things we've been through already," said Fox. "We're going to have to have somebody strep up and that's the way we'll treat it. Nobody comes rescues you as I've mentioned before. So everybody else is going to have to play that much better."
The Bears had three players suspended last year for PED use: DL Ego Ferguson, OL Tayo Fabuluje and WR Jalen Saunders (who was on the practice squad).
Official statement from an NFL spokesperson:
"Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears has been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
"Jeffery’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster on Monday, December 12 following the team’s December 11 game against the Detroit Lions."