Washington Redskins tackle Jordan Black has been suspended four games for testing positive for a banned performance enhancing drug [PED]. The punishment begins immediately, so Black will miss the final two games of the regular season and, depending on whether or not the Redskins advance to the first and/or second rounds of the playoffs, could end in January 2013 or extend into the 2013 regular season.
Black joins fellow Redskin CB Cedric Griffin on the banned list for PEDs. Before the regular season began FS Tanard Jackson was banned for the year for illegal drug use, while OT Trent Williams and TE Fred Davis were both suspended for the final four games last year, also for illegal drug use. I'm not sure what's going on with the Redskins, but clearly the team has problems with substance abuse.
Black's loss is a problem because he played yesterday after RT Tyler Polumbus went out with a concussion. Polumbus now comes under the concussion protocols and it isn't clear when he will play again. Expect the Redskins to activate rookie tackle Tom Compton from the practice squad and possibly hit up the waiver wire for some help as quickly as possible.