The NFL has suspended defensive tackle Jason Ferguson for the first eight games of next season for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances policy. The veteran defensive lineman played in nine games last season for the Miami Dolphins and is currently a free agent.
According to Yahoo! Sports, this was not the first time that Ferguson has been caught taking steroids.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on Sunday that the discipline was handed down late this week but could offer no further details. Ferguson was also suspended for violating NFL drug policy in 1999, sitting out four games after an anabolic steroid showed up during a urine test.
Ferguson, 35, had 23 tackles in 2009 before suffering a quadriceps injury that required season-ending surgery.