“As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body. I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was on the NFL’s banned substance list. I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement.
“I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and I look forward to being back on the field.”
The Chicago Bears announced Monday that WR Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Albert Breer mentions that this suspension will cost Jeffery $3.6 million and possible even more money as an unrestricted free agent next year.
Jeffery will miss games against the Giants, Titans, 49ers and Lions but will be able to return for their Week 15 matchup with the Packers.
Jeffery, 26, was taken in the second-round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Bears. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4.54 million rookie contract that included a $1.74 million signing bonus before receiving the team’s franchise tag.
The franchise tag will run the Bears $14.599 million guaranteed for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Jeffery has appeared in nine games and caught 40 passes for 630 yards receiving and a touchdown for the Bears. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 33 receiver out of 119 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.