Most people in the know naturally assumed that the reason the Jacksonville Jaguars had signed former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson was because of an injury to either DT John Henderson or DT Marcus Stroud. It appears, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, that Stroud is unavailable – but not because of an injury. It looks like Stroud will eventually get suspended by the NFL for violation of policy pertaining to anabolic steroids and related substances.
Also, as confirmed by a radio station in Jacksonville, FL, their report states that the initial (“A”) sample came up positive while the “B” sample is still being tested. Of course, Stroud will have the right to an appeal hearing before the suspension takes place. It is speculative at this point to say whether either in the short or long-term this will hurt the Jaguars’ defensive line. But assuming the allegations and test results are true, this will obviously hurt Stroud (any appeals he files for will be futile, in my opinion). I have probably said it before and I’ll say it again – if you’re making all of that money playing what is in essence a kid’s game, what incentive is there for you to jeopardize your career with a substance which is obviously illegal and not good for your health?