Jarvis Jenkins suspended for PED violation
The NFL has suspended Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins for four games for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing substances.
The suspension comes as Jenkins was preparing to resume his starting role along Washington’s defensive line. The ‘Skins are facing the distinct possibility of playing without former starting defensive end Adam Carriker following quadriceps surgery. Jenkins started 15 games in 2012 in place of Carriker who was lost for the season in week two after sustaining a knee injury.
Washington has been preparing for life without Carriker and will likely move nose tackle Barry Cofield outside where he will be paired up with returning starter Stephen Bowen. Kedric Golston and free agent signing Phillip Merling will provide depth. The Redskins are in good shape at nose tackle with Chris Baker, Chris Neild and free agent Ron Brace.
Washington added Merling and Brace in the off-season with cap friendly numbers. Merling (Clemson) was the first pick of the second round by the Miami Dolphins in 2008, while Brace (Boston College) was the eighth pick in the second round of the 2009 draft by the New England Patriots. Both Merling and Brace are low risk/high reward projects and the signings are looking better each and every day.
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