Rookie linebacker LaRoy Reynolds of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been suspended without pay, effective immediately, for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Reynolds, 23, is the second member of the Jaguars to be suspended by the league in the past two weeks. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who was forced to sit out the first four games of the season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy policy, received an indefinite suspension Nov. 1 for being a repeat offender.
An undrafted free agent, Reynolds has been used almost exclusively on special teams. He downed a Bryan Anger punt on the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter Sunday at Tennessee, a play that helped lead to a safety by the Jaguars’ defense. The safety ended up accounting for the margin of victory as the Jaguars defeated the Titans 29-27 to snap a 13-game losing streak dating back to last November.
He was listed on the depth chart behind middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, who has never missed a game since signing a six-year, $42 million contract with the Jaguars after the 2010 season. But Posluszny’s status for their game against the Arizona Cardinals is in doubt because of a concussion he suffered in the fourth quarter against the Titans.
Reynolds will be eligible to return to the Jaguars’ active roster the day following the team’s Dec. 5 game against the Houston Texans.