The New York Jets announced that they have activated DL Nathan Shepherd and placed RB Trent Cannon on their injured reserve in a corresponding roster move.
We've activated DL Nathan Shepherd and placed RB Trenton Cannon on IR.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 1, 2019
Shepherd recently completed his six-game suspension for two violations of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy while rehabbing from offseason injuries.
Back in September, Tom Pelissero reported that Shepherd was recovering from a shoulder injury as well as a groin injury before an MRI revealed he needed sports hernia surgery.
Shepherd decided to take banned PEDs in order to recover from his injuries and informed the Jets’ coaches and front office upon learning of the failed tests. (NFLTR)
“The only competitive advantage I was really looking for was being able to come to camp healthy and having an opportunity to compete,” Shepherd said. “…I’m grateful to the league for showing some understanding, leniency and fairness, and I appreciate them dealing with it in a timely manner. I’m grateful to Jets GM Joe Douglas, the personnel staff and Coach [Adam] Gase, Gregg Williams, Blake Williams and Andre Carter and the Jets‘ training staff for their support and their transparency in supporting me through this and, despite this happening, granting me the opportunity to come in every day and earn my spot on the 53-man roster.”
Shepherd, 25, is a former third-round pick of the Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Fort Hays State. He’s currently in the second year of his four-year, $3,447,720 contract that included a $987,720 signing bonus.
In 2018, Shepherd appeared in all 16 games for the Jets and recorded 15 tackles and no sacks.