NEW YORK – (Wire Service Report) – Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The league announced that Jeffery will miss the next four games. He is eligible to return to Chicago’s active roster following the game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 11 and be available for the game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 18.
“Obviously we’re very disappointed,” coach John Fox said. “I think he’s fairly embarrassed about it, but we’ll support him.
“We’ll support him and welcome him back after serving his suspension.”
Jeffery has been playing under the franchise tag worth $14,599,000 in 2016. He leads the Bears with 630 receiving yards and is second on the team with 40 receptions. He has scored one touchdown.
The 26-year-old Jeffery, the Bears’ second-round pick in 2012, has 292 career receptions for 4,358 yards and 25 touchdowns in five seasons.
Jeffery will be a free agent this offseason unless the Bears apply their franchise tag on him again.