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Jordan Black: I never gained 50 pounds, and I’m not a doper

Jordan Black, Tom Compton

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black, left, works with tackle Tom Compton at the team’s NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Redskins offensive lineman Jordan Black has begun serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he denies that he ever used PEDs. And Black also denies the reports that he gained 50 pounds this year.

“Contrary to reports,” Black said, via David Elfin of 106.7 The Fan, “I never gained 50 pounds. Prior to this season, I maintained a playing weight of 310 pounds. I currently weigh 275.2 pounds. I entered camp . . . at 270 pounds. I am the smallest offensive tackle in the NFL. It is not only a lie, but simply ridiculous for anyone to label me as a doper.”

It’s interesting that Black is waiting until now to deny the reports that he has gained 50 pounds, which have been circulating for months. It’s also interesting that he still hasn’t explained how he ended up testing positive for PEDs if he is not, as he claims, a doper. But that’s Black’s story.

A backup offensive lineman, Black has appeared in all 14 games for the Redskins this season. He’ll have to sit out the last two games of the regular season and then continue serving his suspension into the playoffs (if the Redskins play two playoff games) or into the 2013 regular season.