Redskins’ Jordan Black suspended for PEDs use
The 10-year NFL veteran Jordan Black has played through all 14 regular season games, mostly appearing on the special teams. During Week 3, Jordan Black replaced third-year left tackle Trent Williams, who was sidelined with a knee injury. On Sunday, Jordan Black replaced right tackle Tyler Polumus in the second half of a 38-21 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Jordan Black remained distant from football throughout last season and nearly settled for retirement before the Washington Redskins signed him in training camp.
The 32-year-old Jordan Black’s absence will only affect the Washington Redskins if right tackle Tyler Polumbus is still unavailable against the Philadelphia Eagles on 23rd December. Tyler Polumbus sustained a concussion in Washington Redskins game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Jordan Black replaced Tyler Polumbus in the second half and was again expected to start at the position against Philadelphia Eagles if Tyler Polumbus remained sidelined.
Now if Tyler Polumbus is ruled out against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins could either start Maurice Hurt or Tom Campton at the spot. Although second-year lineman Maurice Hurt played at only guard throughout the season, he also took snaps at tackle during training camp. Meanwhile, rookie Tom Compton was just recently promoted from the practice squad but still hasn’t played a game this season. The sixth-round pick Tom Compton worked at left tackle through training camp, but spend time on both spots during practices on the scout team this regular season.
Jordan Black is the second Washington Redskins player suspended for performance enhancing drugs use in the last three weeks. It has been a recurring issue for the Washington Redskins over the last two seasons, with Jordan Black becoming the sixth team player to be suspended for using performance enhancing drugs over that time period, and the third player to receive a drug-related suspension this year.
Before the start of regular season, safety Tanard Jackson was suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. More recently, cornerback Cedric Griffin was also suspended by the NFL on 4th December for last four games of the regular season but he can return by the postseason – if the Washington Redskins make it that far.
Last season, Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were both suspended the final four games of the campaign for failing multiple drug tests. Earlier in 2011, Washington Redskins cornerback Philip Buchanon was also suspended four games for use of performance enhancing drugs.
The Washington Redskins (8-6) are currently tied for the first place in NFC East with New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Redskins still have yow games left in their 2012 regular season campaign.