Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended for the next four games without pay after violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Jeffery released a statement on Monday saying he took a “recommended supplement” to battle inflammation. He claims the supplement contained an ingredient on the NFL’s banned substance list.
“I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement,” he said. “I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”
Jeffery is eligible to return to the Bears’ active roster after their game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 11.
The receiver has been stellar this season and currently leads his team with 640 receiving yards and ranks second in the team with 40 receptions.
Jeffery has played all his five seasons in the NFL with the Bears, recording 292 receptions for 4,358 yards and 25 touchdowns.