New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow will be suspended four games for violating the NF:s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN has reported.
It was suspicious when Winslow missed practice, despite not being named on the injury report, and head coach Rex Ryan declined to discuss the issue. Now we know the reason.
Winslow is actually the Jets' leading receiver with 17 catches and caught a touchdown pass in the Jets' huge victory in Week 5. He will miss the game against the Steelers on Sunday, followed by games against the Patriots, Bengals and Saints.
Through his publicist, Winslow said the news "came as a big surprise" and issued an apology:
"I have investigated all possible sources since learning of the positive test, including possible medical causes, but frustratingly, I do not know the source," Winslow said in the statement. "I do not take supplements that list any banned ingredients, but the NFL policy is very strict, so I am accountable for the results.
"I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and Jets fans for this situation. I will work extremely hard during this time away from the field and look forward to contributing to the team as soon as the suspension ends."
Because he was suspended without pay, Winslow stands to lose $197,647 in base salary.