Bengals guard Alex Redmond has been hit with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, according to Adam Schefter and Kat Terrell of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Redmond played with a torn labrum and hamstring last year and Schefter writes that Redmond “made a bad decision to try to help it.” Based on that, it sounds like Redmond has accepted responsibility for the violation and will not appeal.
Redmond started 15 games for the Bengals last year but graded out as just the No. 53 ranked guard in the NFL last year for his work across 928 snaps. This year, he was expected to serve as a backup, despite his presence on a line that cleared the way for Joe Mixon to amass an AFC-best 1,168 rushing yards.
Redmond will be sidelined for the Bengals’ games against the Seahawks, 49ers, Bills, and Steelers before being eligible to return against the Cardinals on Oct. 6.
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