Panthers defensive end Wes Horton has been suspended without pay for the teams next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, as David Newton of ESPN.com writes. Horton’s suspension begins immediately and he will be eligible to return to the Panthers active roster on Monday, December 21st. That means Horton won’t be eligible to play until the Panthers’ Week 16 contest against the Falcons.
Horton, an undrafted rookie in 2013, made 15 starts for the Panthers last season in place of suspended teammate Greg Hardy. Following a rookie campaign that saw him compile eight tackles and two sacks, the former USC standout finished 2014 with 26 tackles and three sacks. In 2015, Horton has compiled just 7 total tackles and one sack in eight games.