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John Fox calls player suspensions 'pretty common' around NFL

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.”

The Rams recently lost wide receiver Stedman Bailey and running back Trey Watts to suspensions for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.