The Chicago Bears and New England Patriots will each be without a veteran defensive player for four weeks, as there are reports that Chicago linebacker Jerrell Freeman and New England defensive tackle Alan Branch have been suspended by the NFL.
Freeman, now in his fifth season, was found to be in violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He is the second Bears player in as many weeks to get busted under the PED policy, joining receiver Alshon Jeffery.
Freeman had started all 10 games for Chicago this season, credited with a team-high 91 tackles.
He released a statement on his Twitter page, saying his failed test was for taking a prescription medication (an easily-avoidable problem for players):
— Jerrell Freeman (@JerrellFreeman) November 21, 2016
Branch, now in his 10th NFL season and third with the Patriots, is in violation of the policy onRead More »from Suspension Monday: Bears, Patriots each lose veteran defender for four games