The Redskins announced today that defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, which according to Jenkins was a recovery shake that had a banned substance in it.
While Jenkins will not be allowed to participate during the home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, nor the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions or Oakland Raiders games. He will however be allowed to continue practicing with the team, as well as participate in the preseason games.
Jarvis Jenkins missed the entire 2011 season due to an ACL tear sustained in preseason. In 2012 he was limited, but contributed 11 solo tackles, and assisted on 14. It appeared Jenkins was coming around toward the end of the 2012 season and would be a force for 2013. With Adam Carriker sidelined, Jenkins was a possibly starter at defensive end, but now the Redskins may rely on Kedric Golston.
Jenkins will be able to return to the Redskins active roster on September 30th, during their bye week before their match up against the Dallas Cowboys on October 13th.
Jarvis Jenkins issued a statement following the leagues announcement of his suspension:
“When I learned that I tested positive for a substance that is banned under the NFL policy, I was shocked and confused. It’s an obscure substance that I’ve never even heard of, and I still don’t know how it got into my body. My only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test, even though none of them listed anything banned.
“I’m very sorry for the effect of this situation on my teammates and coaches, and I also apologize to my family and all Redskins fans. I will be very, very ready to contribute as soon as I get back for Game 5.”