And the bad news for the Chicago Bears continues...
Starting wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who is playing on the 1 year franchise tender, has just been suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
The specific PED violation is unknown at this time.
Head coach John Fox addressed the media just moments ago, “We’re very disappointed. He’s fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension."
With Alshon out the next four games it’ll be next wide out up for the Bears, meaning more reps for Josh Bellamy and/or Deonte Thompson, or perhaps Marquess Wilson is ready to be activated from the PUP list. "We'll treat it like an injury moving forward," says Fox. "I look at it like the things we've been through already.” Fox added, “Somebody's gotta step up." When asked what he thinks about Jeffery’s 4 upcoming weeks away from the team, Fox quipped, "Well, I hope he stays in shape."
The Bears do have rookie wide outs Daniel Braverman and Darius Jennings on the practice squad, if they feel they need another body at the position.
So far this year, Jeffery has 40 catches, 630 yards and one touchdown.
According to Spotrac, Jeffery will miss out on $3,435,058 while sitting out the next 4 weeks.