Jordan Black suspended four games

Jordan Black suspended four games
December 17, 2012, 4:15 pm
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The Redskins’ offensive line took another hit Monday when tackle Jordan Black was suspended for four games, without pay, for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, the NFL announced.

The seldom-used Black replaced Tyler Polumbus in the second half of Sunday’s 38-21 victory in Cleveland after Polumbus left the game with a concussion. Black played 43 of the team's 75 offensive snaps at Cleveland Browns Stadium. It’s unclear when Polumbus, who took over for the ailing Jammal Brown at the start of the season, might return.

Center Will Montgomery also was injured against the Browns, sustaining a sprained MCL in his left knee. Coach Mike Shanahan told reporters in Ashburn to expect another update on Montgomery later this week.

As for Black, his suspension begins immediately, according to the NFL. He will be eligible to return following the fourth regular season or playoff game of his suspension. After a year out of football, Black signed with the Redskins during training camp and immediately began consuming a high-calorie diet to get back to his playing weight.

Maurice Hurt and Tom Compton would appear to be the leading candidates to fill in at tackle in the absence of Polumbus and Black.

In the past year, Trent Williams, Fred Davis, Tanard Jackson and Cedric Griffin were all suspended by the league for drug violations. Jackson and Griffin are currently banned.