Free agent defensive lineman Amani Bledsoe has been suspended for 17 weeks for a repeated violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
This is the second time Bledsoe has been suspended for PED. He was banned for six games in February of last year.
He was also suspended from college for a positive test in Oklahoma, where he claimed he accidentally took the substance as it was in a contaminated protein powder, according to Pro Football Talk.
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Bledsoe hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2021. He was a member of the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad last year.
The defensive lineman went undrafted in 2019, but did sign with the Tennessee Titans, with whom he was on the practice squad.
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The Titans waived Bledsoe in July 2020 and the Cincinnati Bengals selected him. He appeared in 14 games that season, starting four of them.
When he was cut by the Bengals in 2021, Tennessee got him back and played five games that season.
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In 19 career games, he has six starts under his belt with 18 total tackles.