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On Monday, the Patriots Jermaine Cunningham was suspended for testing positive performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As a result, Cunningham will miss four games (returning to the roster on Dec. 24th) and has been fined $127,058. Although no word has come about what substances Cunningham tested positive for, there is speculation that it was Adderall, which is said to help curb fatigue.
Jermaine Cunningham is among 25 other players, who have been suspended this season for PEDs, most recently Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Many of the suspended players have been those fighting for roster spots. The linebacker is also the second Patriot to be suspended for PEDs this season, joining Brandon Bolden (who will be returning Dec. 3). Bill Belichick commented on his teams suspensions saying
“Unfortunately, sometimes on these things, people make mistakes. Everybody is accountable for them. I think those situations are unfortunate. Neither one of them needed to happen. They weren’t that important, but they were violations, so they are what they are.”
The 6’3” defensive end has been with the Patriots for 3 years, playing 11 games this season. In the Patriots 2012 preseason, Cunningham was awarded the 2012 offseason training award. Jermaine Cunningham’s only start this season came against the Jets on Thursday due to Chandler Jones’ ankle injury. Cunningham’s future with the Patriots is questionable after this season. As of Tuesday, the Patriots were unsure of who will fill Jermaine Cunningham’s position.