New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall is suspended four games to begin the 2017 NFL regular season after violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, the Jets announced Tuesday.
“I really just want to apologize for this mistake,” Marshall said in an apology on Twitter. “I inadvertently took medication without an exemption from the league on one occasion.” He added: “It has not happened since and will not happen again. Already looking forward to 2017 and doing whatever I can to help this team win.”
The 21-year-old wideout joined the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State in 2016 and contributed to the tune of 14 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He was also New York’s primary kick and punt returner.
Provided Marshall misses the first four games of the season, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Charone Peake and Devin Smith are the top candidates to step up.
New York could also address the position in free agency or the draft, but it isn’t yet clear who will be under center.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith almost certain to leave in free agency, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg are the in-house options to start.
Regardless of who New York’s No. 1 signal-caller is in 2017, that quarterback will be working with a depleted receiving corps in comparison to 2016 due in part to Marshall’s suspension.
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