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New York Jets Starting Linebacker Suspended 4 Games

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ - AUGUST 07: A New York Jets helmet at NY Jets Practice Facility on August 7, 2011 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have lost yet another starting linebacker. This time, it's outside linebacker and pass rusher Brandon Copeland, who will be out of action for the first four games of the season.

In a statement released by the Jets, the team announced that the NFL had suspended Copeland for four games. The suspension comes from violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Copeland signed with the Jets before the 2018 season and quickly became a starter. He finished third on the Jets in sacks last year with five.

The announcement comes just days after starting inside linebacker Avery Williamson was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

Copeland went undrafted out of Penn in 2013. He was initially a journeyman, spending time on the Ravens and Titans practice squads before winding up in Detroit.

He spent three seasons with the Lions, starting just one game in 2016 before missing the following year with an injury.

Copeland isn't the only member of the Jets set to miss significant time with a suspension. Star tight end Chris Herndon is also slated to miss four games with a substance abuse suspension of his own.

The 2019 offseason has been quite the mess for the Jets. Between strange front office decisions, a slew of injuries at thin positions, and the two suspensions, it will be very difficult for them to start 2019 with a winning record.