The NFL has suspended free agent Amani Bledsoe for the first 17 weeks of the 2023 regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Details about the substance that caused the suspension were not made public. It is not known whether Bledsoe will appeal the suspension. Since the regular season lasts 18 weeks, Bledsoe can only play in the final game and the playoffs if he ends up on a team that reaches the postseason.
This is the second time Bledsoe has been suspended for violating PED policies. He was also suspended in 2022 for the first six games of the season. He was suspended by the NCAA in 2016 while with Oklahoma for failing a PED test.
Bledsoe was on the Atlanta Falcons exhibition team last season and did not play in any games all year.
In 2021, he played five games for the Tennessee Titans and in 2020, he appeared in 14 games for the Cincinnati Bengals. The 25-year-old has made 18 tackles and three passes defensed in his NFL career.
Bledsoe was not drafted in 2019.