The 49ers will be without a young defensive player for a chunk of the 2021 season, as Jordan Willis has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Thursday.
Willis played seven games for the 49ers in 2020 after coming over in a midseason trade with the New York Jets.
The 26-year-old had 13 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a 49ers uniform, and was re-signed by the team in May on a one-year deal.
According to the 49ers' press release, Willis will be eligible to return to the field in Week 8.
A Kansas State product, Willis has 65 tackles and 5.5 sacks over his NFL career.