The blows just keep coming to the Kansas City Chiefs. Offensive lineman Donald Stephenson was just suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the PED policy. Today just is not a good day in Kansas City, as Justin Houston‘s contract talks aren’t going as planned either.
Stephenson will now be one of two players suspended on opening day. Dwayne Bowe was suspended last week for the legal troubles he faced last season. Two key players on the Chiefs’ offense will be on the sideline for that season opener against the Titans and it’s making a lot of Chiefs fans slowly fear the regular season.
Here is Stephenson’s statement,
“I’m extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption. The rules are strict, and without a TUE, the consequence is a four game suspension. I apologize to the Hunt family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his staff, my teammates, and our awesome Chiefs fans. It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team, and I will be ready to contribute to my team’s effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return.” – Via Ken Sarnoff’s tweet
The offensive line is one of the areas that is a bit shaky for the Chiefs. Kansas City lost a good chunk of lineman in the offseason and now have to rely on guys like 2013 first overall pick Eric Fisher, sixth round pick Zach Fulton, and Stephenson. With Stephenson out of the picture for the first four games, this offensive line is worrying me even more.
I don’t know about you, but all of this bad news can stop now. I’m not sure how much more I can handle before I explode.