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Jude Adjei-Barimah suspended four games for PEDs

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The NFL has suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Here’s what the cornerback had to say in response.

I take a lot of pride in the hard work and dedication that I put in all year in preparation for each season and that is why this situation is so difficult for me personally. As a member of this team, it is very disappointing to have to miss the next four games and not be out there battling with my teammates as we go down the stretch. I apologize to my family, the Bucs organization, my teammates, as well as the fans for this situation. I promise to stay focused and be ready for the last two games of the regular season.

Adjei-Barimah had been the team’s primary nickel corner since week three, and has played well in that role.

With Adjei-Barimah out, the Bucs will turn to Alterraun Verner. The veteran got his first playing time in weeks against the Kansas City Chiefs, because of an injury to Brent Grimes. If the latter also can’t go, the Bucs will have to five Josh Robinson his first meaningful playing time on defense this season.

Adjei-Barimah is eligible to return to play in week 16 against the New Orleans Saints.