The use of performance enhancing drugs, or PEDs, has been a hot topic for Major League Baseball but that doesn’t mean other major sports leagues haven’t had to deal with the issue as well.
The National Football League has handed out a total of 50 suspensions related to PED use since 2010 with the Seattle Seahawks leading the way with five. All told, 22 teams have had at least one player serve a PED-related suspension with the Detroit Lions being one of the ten teams to remain clean.
The Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers are the nine other teams without a PED-related suspension since 2010.
While there certainly aren’t any prizes for remaining clean, the positive in the Lions avoiding PED suspensions lies in the stiff penalties. First-time violators receive a four-game suspension. That doubles to eight games for repeat offenders and a third violation results in a minimum ban of one year with reinstatement subject to league review.