The Chicago Bears will be without their top offensive player for the next four games.The team announced on Monday that Alshon Jeffery has been suspended without pay for the team's next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
In Jeffery's statement he said he used a supplement that contained an ingredient banned by the NFL's drug policy. His statement is below
"As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body. I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was 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. 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."
The suspension could possible cost Jeffery money on the open market this offseason, as he'll be in line for a longer ban if he fails another test in the future. He will forfeit more than $3.4 million during his four-week absence. Jeffery will be eligible to return to the Bears' active roster on Monday, Dec. 12. The final three games of the 2016 season could be the last for Jeffery in Chicago.