By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer
NEW YORK — New York Jets defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers.
The NFL announced the suspension Tuesday. Shepherd will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Oct. 28, following New York’s game at Jacksonville.
Shepherd was inactive for the Jets’ season opener against Buffalo on Sunday. The second-year defensive lineman from Fort Hays State was a third-round draft pick by New York last year. The native of Ajax, Ontario, had 18 tackles and five quarterback hits while starting five of 16 games as a rookie.
Shepherd told NFL.com he failed two tests this summer while recovering from shoulder and groin injuries. He says he made “a rash decision, an unwise decision and a selfish decision” to use PEDs to help in the recovery process.