Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) along the sidelines during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NFL suspends Washington Redskins Jarvis Jenkins four games

Another one bites the dust.

In what has seemed like an offseason of arrests and suspensions, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins adds his name to the list as the NFL suspended him today for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing substances.

The suspension will last four games and will allow Jenkins to return in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys as Week 5 is the Redskins bye.

A 25-year-old left end, Jenkins played in sixteen games last season, starting fourteen of them. He amassed ten tackles and fourteen assists and was given high grades in run defense from a variety of scouting resources.

The loss of the former Clemson Tiger should hit the Redskins even harder than expected as backup Adam Carriker could miss the entire season following a third quadriceps surgery.

With Jarvis sidelined, Kedric Golston, Phillip Merling, and Chris Baker will compete for a starting spot – assuming Carriker is out for the opening weeks of the season.

Certainly a tough blow to the ‘Skins who are now suddenly thin upfront.

 Update: Carriker has been confirmed out for the first few months of the season, giving way to the starting position being open for Golston, Merling or Baker.

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