If you have a “How could this season get any worse for the Chicago Bears?” office pool going, and you should, someone may have just gotten rich. The league announced that Chicago receiver Alshon Jeffery has been suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Here’s the statement from the league:
— Patrick Finley (@patrickfinley) November 14, 2016
That’s a big blow for the Bears, as Jeffery is their most talented receiver, though he’s having a down year statistically which can probably be traced to the team’s issues at quarterback. It’s a bigger issue for Jeffery, though. He’s playing this season under the franchise tag, and whether he ends up negotiating a long-term deal with the Bears or somewhere else this offseason, a PED-suspension is not something that helps at the bargaining table.
The Bears, meanwhile, are 2-7, and have firmly established themselves as the worst team in a bad division. They’ve dealt with an absurd amount of injuries, but as a franchise, it’s tough to look at this as a successful year, even if they end up landing a top draft pick.
Though that would certainly help.