On Monday, NFL suspended the New York Jets’ wide receiver and starting punt returner Jeremy Kerley for the next four games for violating the league’s PEDs(Performance Enhancing Drugs) policy. Kerley will miss the matches against Chiefs, Panthers, Buccaneers and Broncos. He will be allowed to come back to active roster on December 11.
In a statement, Kerley said, “I was shocked by a positive test for Turinabol, as I have never knowingly taken any banned substance. I am 5’9” tall and 180 pounds, and I have never used steroids in my life. I’m a good athlete, but anyone can look at my body composition and tell that I’m not a steroid user”.
“While I did not have enough time prior to the deadline to resolve this case, I fully intend to investigate this matter until I am able to figure out what caused the positive test, because I know I have done nothing wrong. When I find out what substance was tainted, I will pursue all remedies at that time because this is not right. I have and will always be a clean player, and I look forward to returning to the Jets to play against the Saints next month.”, Kerlry continued.
Kerley is the No.3 receiver in Jets after Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse. He is likely to be replaced by either Chad Hansen or ArDarius Stewart. Coach Todd Bowles said, “We’ve still got Stewart and Hansen playing good football, those guys will get a lot of repetitions. I’m comfortable with those guys. It all depends on the game plan and what we’re trying to do. But they’ll definitely get more time.”
Bowles added, “It is too early to make the decision. We got to work through some gymnastics before we get to start practicing on Wednesday and Thursday and and see where that goes”.