Seahawks' Al Woods Suspended 4 Games for Violating NFL's PED Policy

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 18: Al Woods #72 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 18, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Seahawks 25-19. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Al Woods received a four-game suspension on Friday for a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The team confirmed Woods will be out for the rest of the regular season, with the suspension carrying over into the playoffs as well.

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The suspension begins immediately and will include the final two games of the regular season and any playoff games for which Woods is eligible to participate.

He has recorded 32 combined tackles and one sack in 14 appearances for Seattle in 2019.

Woods hasn't missed any time this season despite battling an ankle injury. Prior to the news of his suspension, the Seahawks once again listed him in the injury report ahead of their Week 16 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. He was limited in practice Wednesday before not participating in practice altogether Thursday.

The 32-year-old started in five of Seattle's first six games. Jarran Reed assumed his usual starting role upon returning from his suspension for a violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

With Woods helping inside, the Seahawks are sixth in stuff rate, according to Football Outsiders. They've stopped 22 percent of their opponents' running plays at or before the line of scrimmage.

His absence will put further strain on a defensive line that's already coping with minor injuries to Jadeveon Clowney (core) and Ziggy Ansah (neck).