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Ryan Tucker, Jason Ferguson suspended eight games each

On Thursday, Browns offensive lineman Ryan Tucker retired. The decision, surprising at the time, suddenly makes sense.

Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that Tucker has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season.

Also suspended for the first eight games of the 2010 season, per Balzer, is Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson.

Balzer reports that it’s believed the suspensions arise under the NFL’s policy regarding performance-enhancing substances; we believe that’s the only plausible explanation. Each player has one prior four-game suspension under the policy, and the policy calls for an eight-game suspension for a second violation.

Ferguson’s first suspension came 11 years ago, which could give him ammunition for an appeal. Indeed, at some point the initial suspension arguably should be removed from a guy’s record; in this regard, 10 years seems fair. (Then again, the policy doesn’t include such a provision, so it might be a tough argument to make.)

The Dolphins now need to get themselves a replacement nose tackle; we’re surprised they didn’t pounce on former Charger Jamal Williams before the news of Ferguson’s suspension was revealed.