New York Jets Wide Receiver Jeremy Kerley has been suspended for the next four games by the NFL for violating the NFL’s policy on PED’s. The news was first reported by Ian Rappaport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 6, 2017
The news comes a week after reports around the NFL said that Kerley was expecting a suspension from the league for violating league policy. Kerley has 22 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown receiving. He was not targeted in the Jets 34-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills last Thursday.
Rookies, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen are expected to benefit the most from Kerley’s suspension. Only Stewart has catches in the NFL so far this season. The NFL’s substance abuse policy in place has usually meant that any player who violates the policy by taking PED’s or any other substance, is usually suspended for four games for a first-time offense. A second violation means that the player misses eight games, a third means the player is suspended two years in the NFL.
Kerley’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, December 11 following the team’s December 10 game against the Denver Broncos.
The New York Jets released a statement from Jeremy Kerley following the NFL’s ruling on the team’s website.
“While I did not have enough time prior to the deadline to resolve this case, I fully intend to investigate this matter until I am able to figure out what caused the positive test because I know that I have done nothing wrong. When I find out what substance was tainted, I will pursue all remedies at that time because this is not right. I have and will always be a clean player, and I look forward to returning to the Jets to play against the Saints next month.”
The Jets will be back in action this Sunday when they take on the Buccaneers at 1:00pm.
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