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Mark Sanchez Suspended By NFL For 4 Games

Mark Sanchez in Jets uniform.

An NFL quarterback has been suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season. According to multiple reports, Mark Sanchez has been suspended for the first quarter of the NFL season. He's expected to make an announcement about the nature of the suspension.

The former USC star was drafted by the New York Jets with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He's played for the Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and, most recently, the Chicago Bears.

According to Albert Breer, Sanchez's suspension is the result of performance enhancing drugs.

Sanchez suffered a knee injury early in 2017, causing him to miss OTA's and minicamp.

Sanchez released a statement following the news:

The NFL has informed me that I have tested positive for a substance on the banned substance list. I was blind-sided by the news and I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance.

You can read his full statement here.

He'll be suspended without pay for the first four games of the season, but will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.