Jarvis Jenkins suspended four games for PEDs
RICHMOND--Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.
In a statement released by the Redskins, Jenkins said: “When I learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL policy, I was shocked and confused. It’s an obscure substance that I’ve never even heard of, and I still don’t know how it got into my body. 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.”
Jenkins added: “I’m very sorry for the effect of this situation on my teammates and coaches, and I also apologize to my family and all Redskins fans. I will be very, very ready to contribute as soon as I get back for Game 5.”
Jenkins is the eighth Redskins’ player suspended since Aug. 2011 for testing positive for a banned substance. Linebacker Rob Jackson is also set to sit out the first four games of the 2013 campaign for violating the league’s policy on banned substances.
Losing Jenkins, the starting left defensive end, deals another enormous blow to a unit that just lost reserve linebacker Keenan Robinson – likely for the season – only 24 hours ago.
Jenkins started 14 games last season after taking over for Adam Carriker, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 2. On Thursday, Carriker had a third surgery on his right quadriceps and will require another 4 to 5 months to recover.
Assuming Stephen Bowen remains the starting end on the right side, that leaves the Redskins with four other ends on the roster – Kedric Golston, Chris Baker, Phillip Merling and Dominique Hamilton.
Jenkins, who does not get paid during his suspension, is eligible to return to the active roster in Week 5.