The Chicago Bears have had a far from ideal buildup to the 2015 NFL season.
The Bears traded star wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets and decided to find his replacement in the draft, bringing in highly touted wideout Kevin White from West Virginia.
White then proceeded to get injured and will miss at least half of his rookie season. And the bad news hasn't ended there for the Bears, as they will be without another key player for the start of the season.
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3 Games Out
According to a report from ESPN, Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff has been suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2015 regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy,
Ratliff isn't expected to appeal the suspension handed down by Roger Goodell and co, so will miss some very big games, including matches against the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
Ratliff pleaded guilty earlier in the year to a DWI charge that stemmed from a 2013 arrest in Texas, where he crashed his truck in to an 18-wheeler while a player for the Dallas Cowboys .
"This was about what ... two, three years ago. That's all behind me," Ratliff said. "This is the result of it. Just moving forward from here. We've been down his road with the NFL and they don't care to hear it. So be it."
Ratliff is a four-time Pro Bowler and had 6.5 sacks last season for the Bears, while being under contract through the 2015 season, where he is expected to be a big contributor in a Chicago team under new management.