Kellen Winslow has been suspended by the league for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Winslow’s suspension begins immediately. He will eligible to return to the roster on Monday, November 4. Due to a bye week, Winslow won’t be able to play in a game until November 17 at Buffalo.
“It came as a huge surprise to me when I learned that I tested positive for a banned substance,” Winslow said in a statement. “I have investigated all possible sources since learning of the positive test, including possible medical causes, but frustratingly, I do not know the source. I do not take supplements that list any banned ingredients, but 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 as soon as the suspension ends.”
Winslow made 17 catches this season for 169 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets signed Winslow to a one-year contract in June.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comTo learn more about the league’s PED rules, see this article, but positive tests are subject to immediate suspensions. Winslow, of course, has chronic knee pain and was a marginal part of the game plan last week in Atlanta and was reportedly terse on the matter after the Monday night game.
At this point, we know no details, so we’re not going to say much other than it is a shame that the Jets will have to play the next four games without a steady target like Winslow has been over the start of the season. Even so, Jeff Cumberland has been playing well and will need to shoulder a larger role in Winslow’s absence.