Bears LB Jerrell Freeman suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancers policy

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LAKE FOREST – The phrase “just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse” is getting used a lot in 2016 around Halas Hall.

Once again the Bears and their fans are pulling out that phrase on Monday.

On Monday the NFL announced that linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

He is the second member of the Bears in as many weeks to violate the policy. Last Monday receiver Alshon Jeffery was suspended four games by the NFL for the same violation.

Freeman is the Bears’ leading tackler with 91 stops on the year with six coming for loss. He’s started all ten games at inside linebacker this season.

The suspension begins immediately and Freeman can’t return to the Bears’ active roster until Monday, December 19th after the home game against the Packers. Freeman’s first game back would be against the Redskins at Soldier Field on Saturday, December 24th.

On Twitter Monday afternoon, Freeman released this statement:

Signed in the offs