CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman was suspended by the National Football League Friday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances for the second time.
Defensive end DeQuin Evans is suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season for violating the policy, according to a spokesperson for the NFL. The official did not indicate what PED Evans tested positive for.
The 26-year-old will be eligible to return to the Bengals’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 28 following the team’s Oct. 27 game against the New York Jets.
It's unclear if Evans plans to appeal the suspension.
This is the 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive end's second suspension under the PED police. He served a four-game suspension in 2011, his rookie season.
While the Bengals have to submit their 53-man active rosters for the 2013 NFL season by Saturday at 6 p.m., they won't have to make a decision on Evans until Week 8 when he becomes eligible.
Evans made the cut Tuesday when rosters were reduced to 75 players. Teams began training camp with 90-man active rosters.
He is currently listed fourth on the depth chart at right defensive end.
A 2011 college free agent signee from the University of Kentucky, Evans spent the past two seasons on Bengals' practice squad. He played in all four games during the preseason, recording three tackles and one stop on special teams.
Evans started his career with the Bengals at linebacker but was moved to defensive end during the preseason. He played defensive end in college, where he was respected for his "quickness and high motor," according to the Bengals website.
A representative for the Bengals was not available for comment Friday evening.