The NFL has been warning players they would be cracking down, and the latest casualty is Redskins cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who everyone knew would miss the first four games of 2011.
The league says that the corners four-game suspension is for a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The NFL announced the suspension Friday. Coach Mike Shanahan said a month ago that Buchanon would be suspended for the first four games of the regular season, but the coach did not reveal why. Buchanon will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 3rd.
Buchanon’s suspension formally begins Saturday. Buchanon has declined all interview requests during the preseason and his agent didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment Friday to the Washington Post.
Buchanon re-signed with the Redskins on August 1st. He saw limited action during the preseason because the coaches wanted to focus on players who would be available for the first month.