Jets RB Chatman suspended for four games

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
There had been conflicting information floating around about New York Jets RB Jesse Chatman. The Newark Star-Ledger reported he would be released today. Another report said he would be traded. His agent rebuffed both rumors.

Now we have word from the NFL about what's really up with Chatman. He has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the substance-abuse policy.

Here is the NFL's statement:

Jesse Chatman of the New York Jets has been suspended without pay for the team's first four regular-season games of 2008 for violating the NFL Policy on Steroids and Related Substances. Chatman's suspension begins [today]. He is eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, Sept. 29 following the team's Sept. 28 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Chatman, who had been hampered by a rib injury early in camp, was a workhorse in Thursday night's preseason finale. He ran 29 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 87 yards.

On Friday, I wrote about how great the 5-foot-8 Chatman looked. He once ate his way out of the NFL, ballooning to 283 pounds. He shed 60 pounds to convince the Miami Dolphins to sign him last year. He told me a few weeks ago he was down to 210 pounds.