Alshon Jeffery will be missing from the Chicago Bears' lineup for the next four games.
The team announced Monday the standout wide receiver has been suspended without pay for the next four weeks after violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Specifics on the violation weren't disclosed.
“We’re very disappointed," Bears coach John Fox said at his Monday press conference addressing the team's 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "He’s fairly embarrassed about it. We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension."
The suspension comes at a bad time, personally, for Jeffery. He's in the midst of a contract year after signing the team's franchise tender during the offseason. He'll lose out on $3,435,058 of his $14,599,000 salary.
"As a professional athlete, I have been careful about what I put in my body," Jeffery said in a statement posted to Twitter. "I took a recommended supplement to combat inflammation. Unfortunately this supplement contained an ingredient that was on the NFL’s banned substance list. I take full responsibility and I'm deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement."
"I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field."
The 26-year-old has recorded 40 receptions for 630 yards and only one touchdown in 2016.
The Bears are 2-7, and will be without their top offensive player for games against the New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. Jeffery will be eligible to return for the Week 15 contest against the Green Bay Packers.