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Jeffery apologizes for taking banned supplement that led to suspension

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The timing couldn't have been any worse for a PED suspension to hit Alshon Jeffery. The wide receiver is in a contract year and the Bears surely won't franchise tag him at $17 million.

Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery said in a statement released early Monday evening that he unknowingly took a supplement containing an ingredient that’s banned by the NFL and apologized to the Bears organization and fans for his four-game suspension.

I take full responsibility and am deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement,” the statement said. “I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”

The suspension, announced Monday, is effective immediately. Jeffery will be eligible to return and play in the team’s final three games this season.

Jeffery said he took a supplement to combat inflammation, and the banned ingredient led to his suspension.

Jeffery is playing this season on the franchise tag and is eligible for free agency in the spring. He has 40 catches for 630 yards and a touchdown on the season.