Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for the first four games of the new season, for failing a drugs test this week.
The 2011 draft pick said he was ''shocked and confused'' at the announcement, and released a statement stating that he had not even heard of the substance that he was accused of taking.
After a horrendous rookie season - where he tore his ACL during pre-season - he recovered to start 14 games last year, starring in a 31-28 win over Baltimore, where he completed five tackles.
He will miss the divisional clash against the Eagles in Week One as well as the home clash with the Lions, and visits to the Packers and the Raiders before returning to the roster.
No less than eight Redskins players have been on the end of drugs-related suspensions in the past three years, most notably Trent Williams, Fred Davis, and Cedric Griffin, who all received the same punishment as Jenkins.
Due to the number of supplements taken by the NFL stars nowadays, these bans are not uncommon.
Jenkins himself admitted: "my only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test, even though none of them listed anything banned."
The 25-year-old is still eligible for 'Skins training camp, and their pre-season matches,and will return with his team mates ahead of their bye week, before a crunch divisional clash with the Cowboys on October 13th.
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