Things have gone from bad to worse for the Jets.
Defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd told NFL.com that he’s facing a six-game suspension for two violations of the NFL’s PED policy.
Shepherd, 25, failed tests on June 27 and July 25, according to the report, as he recovered from shoulder and groin injuries.
“All that was going on, I was coming off of a subpar season and a new coaching staff, new playbook, new everything,” Shepherd, who was inactive in Week 1, told the website. “In my mindset, I didn’t feel very confident with how everything had gone thus far. In my mind, I was so prepared to come into this offseason and have a successful offseason and train very hard. I felt that because of these limitations, I wasn’t going to be able to do that. I made a rash decision, an unwise decision and a selfish decision to look to certain PEDs in order to help me with that recovery process so I would be ready to go.”
Shepherd says he took the substances only to speed up his recovery.
“The only competitive advantage I was really looking for was being able to come to camp healthy and having an opportunity to compete,” he told the site.
The Jets selected Shepherd in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, starting five.
The looming suspension is another blow to a Jets team which took a crushing loss in Week 1 at home against the Bills, blowing a 16-point lead.
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