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Lower than two weeks after signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, veteran defensive finish Josh Mauro has been suspended for the primary 5 video games of the 2020 season, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday. The self-discipline stems from using performance-enhancing medication, per Garafolo, marking the second time in Mauro’s profession that he is been banned for a PED violation.

The Jaguars had been conscious of Mauro’s impending suspension after they signed the 29-year-old lineman on Aug. 11, according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco. However that does not make the staff’s line of defense depth any higher. Jacksonville had appeared so as to add Mauro particularly to bolster its early-season trenches, with unsigned Professional Bowl starter Yannick Ngakoue nonetheless holding out of coaching camp, rookie first-round choose Okay’Lavon Chaisson coming off a shortened offseason and solely second-year edge rusher Josh Allen forward of him on the membership’s August depth chart. Veterans Al Woods, Aaron Lynch and Rodney Gunter had already both opted out of the 2020 season or retired from soccer altogether, leaving the Jags skinny off the sting.

Undrafted out of Stanford in 2014, Mauro spent the primary 4 seasons of his NFL profession with the Arizona Cardinals however was final seen with the Oakland Raiders in 2019, showing in 13 video games as a reserve. He was beforehand suspended 4 video games for violating the league’s PED coverage whereas taking part in for the New York Giants in 2018.

Mauro shall be eligible to return to the Jags’ lively roster on Oct. 12, after the staff’s Week 5 recreation in opposition to the Houston Texans. He’ll nonetheless be permitted to take part in apply for the rest of coaching camp and main as much as Week 1, as NFL.com famous.

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