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Jordan Black Suspended For Violation Of Performace-Enhancing Drug Policy

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The NFL announced Monday that Washington Redskins offensive tackle Jordan Black has been suspended for the next four games for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

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Black played 43 of 75 offensive snaps in place of Tyler Polumbus, who had a concussion, in Washington’s 38-21 victory over Cleveland on Sunday. He has played in every game this season on the placekicking protection unit and replaced an injured Trent Williams at left tackle against Cincinnati on Sept. 23.

Because the league has already announced the suspension, Black has either completed his appeal or decided not to do so. The status of any potential appeal remains unclear, though the two-sentence announcement specifies Black could miss any potential playoff games.

Black is the second Redskins player suspended for violating the league’s policy in three weeks after cornerback Cedric Griffin tested positive for amphetamines on Dec. 4.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Black, in his seventh season, weighed in the 270-pound range when the Redskins signed him on July 30 and said he began a 5,000-calorie-a-day diet to reach his playing weight.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding Polumbus’ status, the Redskins could be thin at offensive tackle entering their game at Philadelphia on Sunday. Maurice Hurt, who played at left guard in place of Kory Lichtensteiger for 11 games last season, is listed as the Redskins’ backup at left tackle, and rookie Tom Compton was recently signed to the active roster from the practice squad two weeks ago.

Will Montgomery, the starting center, sprained his MCL on Sunday, head coach Mike Shanahan said, though he would provide no additional details. His weekly televised press conference had concluded when the league announced the suspension through the Redskins, and a team spokesman said Shanahan would “probably not” address the situation Monday.

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