Jets DL Nathan Shepherd Suspended 4 Games For PED Violation

Ryan Chatelain
September 10, 2019 - 4:17 pm
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The NFL has suspended Jets defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd for six games for violating its policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Tuesday.

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Shepherd's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return in time for the Jets' Week 9 game at Miami.

Shepherd was a third-round draft pick by the Jets in 2018 out of Division II Fort Hays State. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, starting five, and registered five tackles. He was inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Bills.

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Shepherd is the third Jets player to be suspended already this season. Tight end Chris Herndon is suspended for the first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy related to his DWI arrest last year, and outside linebacker Brandon Copeland has also been suspended for the first four games for a PED violation.

Tuesday is coincidentally Shepherd's 26th birthday.