Redskins offensive tackle Jordan Black’s four-game drug suspension resulted from his ingestion of a prescribed medicine for a diagnosed medical condition, he said Tuesday. Black insisted he followed the proper steps to clear his use of the medicine with the NFL.
“At no point in my football career have I used a drug to gain a competitive edge,” Black said by phone. “That’s not something I would do. I think if any person with common sense were to examine me physically and knew me knows that that’s not the case at all.
“The Redskins, the team doctor and the NFL knew everything coming in, and they have for a long time. This is something I have tried to comply with them about since the beginning. I have kept them in the loop every step of the way.”
The medicine that resulted in his positive test typically is prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a report by 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen, who cited an anonymous Redskins player.
Black already lost his appeal with the NFL, and he is considering his options.
He tested positive for this drug at one point earlier in his nine-year career, but he was not suspended because the league recognized his medical condition before the case reached the appeals process, he said.
Black emphasized NFL doctors are among those that diagnosed his condition.
Black, who spent last season out of football, arrived at training camp in July weighing approximately 270 pounds. He hoped to gain 20 pounds by the start of the season with the help of a 7,000 calorie-a-day diet. However, he said he weighed only 275 pounds Sunday when he replaced concussed right tackle Tyler Polumbus in the second half of Washington’s win over Cleveland.
The Redskins’ roster lists Black at 305 pounds, but he said that number was taken from what he weighed in New Orleans during 2011 training camp.
Black is suspended four games without pay. Any playoff games would count toward that four-game total.
Several of Black’s teammates on the Redskins’ offensive line voiced their support for him on Twitter Monday night.
“Jordan Black is not a doper,” guard Kory Lichtensteiger wrote. “Shame on the NFL for painting that picture. Prescription medication means a doctor prescribed it. Figure it out”
“Jordan Black is no doper,” rookie tackle Tom Compton wrote. “Very unfortunate to see him labeled as one”