Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery suspeded four games for PEDs

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015 file photo, Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in Chicago. The Bears have a big job ahead of them after a last-place finish in the NFC North at 6-10. About one-third of the players have expiring contracts, with Jeffery, their No 1. receiver and running back Matt Forte topping the list. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2015 file photo, Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in Chicago. The Bears have a big job ahead of them after a last-place finish in the NFC North at 6-10. About one-third of the players have expiring contracts, with Jeffery, their No 1. receiver and running back Matt Forte topping the list. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – The NFL has suspended Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, another big blow for a struggling team.
The suspension announced Monday takes effect immediately. It comes on the heels of a brutal 36-10 loss at Tampa Bay that left the Bears with a 2-7 record going into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Jeffery will be eligible to return on Dec. 12 and play against Green Bay six days later. He leads the team with 630 yards receiving and is second with 40 catches.
Jeffery is playing for the $14.6 million franchise tag after he and the team were unable to agree to a long-term contract in the offseason.