Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has been suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the league announced Monday.
Kerley’s suspended begins immediately and he will become eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 11.
Kerley, who has a base salary of $775,000, will lose roughly $182,352 the next four weeks.
“I was shocked by a positive test for Turinabol, as I have never knowingly taken any banned substances,” Kerley said in a statement released through his agent. 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.”
Kerley will miss his first game this Sunday when the Jets visit the Buccaneers, who also will be without a wide receiver.
The Jets will have to replace two positions in losing Kerley, the No. 3 wideout and the punt returner.
Todd Bowles said rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen might take over for Kerley or the team might promote one of three practice squad wideouts. Bowles also didn’t rule out signing a veteran free agent.
Bowles said it was too early to decide who replaces Kerley as punt returner but Elijah McGuire, an undrafted rookie, could move up.