LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Head coach John Fox reiterated on Friday that players are, ‘responsible for anything they put in their body,’ after a pair of Bears’ got suspended this week for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
“There’s an education process there,” Fox said. “They’re very well-educated. They understand. They’ve been preached to. They’re responsible for anything they put in their body.”
In a span of just three days, the NFL suspended Bears’ rookie offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje and second-year defensive end Ego Ferguson four games without pay for ingesting banned substances. Practice squad wide receiver Jalen Saunders has also been hit with a four-game suspension for undisclosed reasons, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates.
Ferguson and Saunders are both on injured reserve.
Fabuluje released a statement that he tested positive for an amphetamine after he took a supplement that did not list any banned substances on the label.
Fox added that suspensions are commonplace in the NFL.
Our opponent this weekend [St. Louis] has had two also, so I think it’s pretty common around the league every year,” Fox said. “This year it’s no different.”