The NFL today announced that Colts defensive lineman Arthur Jones has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 for use of performance enhancing drugs.
Jones will be without pay for the first four games and will miss contests against the Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He will be eligible to return to the team on Monday, October 3 - the day after the team's game in London.
It's yet another disappointment in a tenure full of them during Jones' time with Indianapolis. He was their biggest free agent signing in 2014, but he missed significant time that year due to injury. The following year in 2015, Jones returned for training camp but was lost for the season with an ankle injury during the preseason. He's still recovering from that injury, though the Colts are hopeful he'll be able to start training camp. He will be able to play during the preseason, but will be out for the first four games.
The good news is that the Colts are equipped to play without Jones. With Henry Anderson, Kendall Langford, and David Parry already on the roster it was unlikely that Jones would start, and Zach Kerr, T.Y. McGill, and Hassan Ridgeway providing depth. The Colts can play without Jones, but it's still a hit to the depth. Now, the question becomes whether the Colts will keep Jones around during the regular season or whether they'll simply decide to part ways with him.