NFL Suspends Evans Indefinitely

Defensive tackle Josh Evans of the New York Jets has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy. Evans'suspension begins immediately.

Evans previously was suspended for the entire 2000 season for violating the policy.

Under the terms of the program, players who violate the Substance Abuse Policy following a one-year suspension are suspended indefinitely. The reinstatement of an indefinitely suspended player is determined by Commissioner Tagliabue in consultation with the program's medical experts.

"This is unfortunate and we're disappointed for Josh Evans," said New York Jets' General Manager Terry Bradway. "He worked hard and contributed to our program. We have to move on. We feel good about the players we have, and the depth at the position."

The Jets will likely platoon rookie Dewayne Robertson with James Reed at Evan's position.

Last year, Saints cornerback Dale Carter was reinstated after eight games under similar circumstances.

Josh Evans statement -

"I cannot believe I am in this situation again - my appeal has failed even though I passed a lie detector test confirming that I never smoked or used marijuana. I have embraced the NFL Program for Substances of Abuse, followed its guidelines precisely and have become a better person for it. I would never jeopardize my family and compromise the integrity of the Jets organization, my teammates and its fans by violating the Program.

Everybody will ultimately believe what they want, but to accept punishment for something I did not do is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to endure."

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