Redskins OL Jordan Black Suspended 4 Games by NFL

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 17, 2012

The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins backup tackle Jordan Black four games for using performance enhancing substances.

The Redskins reported the news via Twitter:

#Redskins OT Jordan Black has been suspended for the next 4 games for violating the @nfl policy on performance enhancing substances.

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 17, 2012

Black has been a journeyman since entering the league in 2003. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round, and he stayed with the team until 2006. 

He signed with the Houston Texans in 2007 and spent one season with them before playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars between 2008 and 2010. He then failed to make the New Orleans Saints’ roster for the 2011 season and spent a year out of the NFL.

The Redskins signed him this offseason in order to provide depth along the offensive line. He filled in for Trent Williams after the starting tackle injured his knee against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, but this was the only game in which Black has seen significant time on offense. However, he has been a regular contributor on special teams.

As The Washington Post’s Sarah Kogod notes, Black lost 55 pounds after leaving football in order to transition into his life away from the sport. But when the Redskins came calling, he needed to gain the weight back, and Kogod’s colleague Mark Maske reported that drinking eight protein shakes a day was part of Black’s regiment to get his weight back up.

No information has been released on which banned substance Black used or whether Black will try appeal the NFL’s decision. 

The 32-year-old’s suspension—if it stands—means that he will not be able to suit up unless the Redskins reach the NFC Championship Game.