Shanahan disappointed by Jenkins' suspension

Shanahan disappointed by Jenkins' suspension
July 26, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Jarvis Jenkins suspended four games for PEDs

RICHMOND--The most disappointing thing about Jarvis Jenkins’ four game suspension is that it could have been avoided, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday afternoon. 

“Anytime a person has a suspension it’s always a tough blow for your football team,” Shanahan said. “Hopefully our players will learn that without the label ‘NSF’ you can’t take any supplements because you never know what’s going into the supplements.”

Shanahan added: “You always hate to see something like what happened to Jarvis because that’s something you can control. That’s something that you have got to be well aware of, what you put in your body.”

Jenkins is the eighth Redskin since Aug. 2011 to be be suspended by the NFL for testing positive for a banned substance.

Shanahan said he does not believe the team has a problem, and that each of the suspensions had different circumstances surrounding it. Jenkins said he purchased the supplement over the counter and was unaware it contained a banned ingredient.

“Every situation is a little bit different,” Shanahan said. “You deal with those situations, try to make the best of it. But it’s happening a lot throughout the National Football League and we’re trying to make it right, make it [a level playing field] for all players. We’ve got some strict rules and if you don’t abide by those rules, you’re going to get penalized. Every year we try to emphasize it a little bit better.”

Shanahan also said the team warns players repeatedly throughout the year about the risk of taking supplements that are not approved.

“It’s something we do a lot of,” Shananan added. “Obviously not well enough. It’s a constant reminder, just like it was this year.”

With Jenkins facing a suspension and Adam Carriker facing a 4 to 5 month recovery after a third surgery on his right leg, the Redskins will likely turn to Chris Baker and/or Kedric Golston to fill in at left end at the start of the season. Baker, who played nose tackle in 2012, spent much of the offseason lining up at end. Golston, meantime, is a reliable veteran who has made 43 career starts (but none since 2010).

“We’ve got some depth there," Shanahan said. "Obviously Baker has been playing there, Golston has been playing there. We’ve got a bunch of competition; we’re a lot deeper right now than we have been in the past. Obviously, we needed that type of depth for situations like this.”