The Washington Times - August 2, 2011, 12:15PM

Veteran cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who re-signed with the Redskins this week, will miss the first four games of the regular season because he was suspended by the NFL.

Coach Mike Shanahan told reporters of the suspension but would not discuss details.


Buchanon was not made available to comment after Tuesday’s practice, the first he has attended since signing.

He released a statement via his publicist: “I’m excited to return to the Washington Redskins and continue to be part of this great organization. I look forward to putting the suspension behind me, returning to the field and helping my team.”

A league spokesman declined comment. Buchanon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

Buchanon was suspended “a while back,” Shanahan said, and the team knew about the suspension when it re-signed him.

Buchanon started five of the 16 games he played in last season. He had 46 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

“That’s a little setback for us,” Shanahan said.