The New York Jets offense just suffered a major blow.
Starting tight end Kellen Winslow has been suspended 4 games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Through the first 5 games of the season, Winslow led the team with 17 receptions to go along with 2 touchdowns.
This news really couldn’t come at a worse time for the Jets who are going to be without Winslow against the Patriots, Saints, Bengals, and the Steelers this Sunday.
Winslow released this statement earlier today:
“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 the 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 to the team as soon as the suspension ends.”
Winslow has been battling injuries throughout his career and is currently dealing with chronic knee pain that is limiting his practice time severely. The Jets signed Winslow in June, and he boldly proclaimed he would catch 100 balls. He was on pace for 51 catches.
The Jets will now have to rely heavily on Jeff Cumberland who’s flashed at times, especially during last Monday Night’s win over the Falcons, but he tends to disappear for long periods of time throughout the game.
The recently signed Zach Sudfeld, and Konrad Reuland are the other tight ends on the Jets roster.