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Jordan Black suspension: Lineman says NFL knew of condition, prescription medicine

Redskins' lineman says he tested positive for a prescribed medicine that the NFL knew about.

Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Redskins' suspended offensive tackle Jordan Black failed an NFL drug test because he ingested a prescribe medicine that the league knew about, the Washington Post is reporting.

Black said he takes prescribe medicine for a medical condition and he followed the proper steps to clear his use with the NFL.

“At no point in my football career have I used a drug to gain a competitive edge,” Black said by phone. “That’s not something I would do. I think if any person with common sense were to examine me physically and knew me knows that that’s not the case at all.

On Monday, Black was suspended four games for "violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances."

If the Redskins make the playoffs, he would not be able to play in the Wild-Card round. Black has already lost his appeal with the league.

Teammates guard Kory Lichtensteiger and tackle Tom Compton both have spoken up about Black's positive test, claiming he's not a doper and that he's in fact taking a prescribed medicine.

On Sunday, in a 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the nine-year veteran served as a backup and replaced starting right tackle Tyler Polumbus in the second half after he suffered a concussion.