Marcus Gilbert Suspended 4 Games for Violation of NFL's PED Policy


Marcus Gilbert won't suit up for a month.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert released a statement through the Steelers on Gilbert's suspension.

Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games, without pay, for violating the National Football League policy on performance-enhancing substances, an National Football League spokesperson said Monday.

Colbert also said Gilbert will not be allowed to be in any of the team's facilities until December 18.

Not having Gilbert this coming Sunday night against the Packers also shouldn't be a big deal as the Steelers should still be expected to win that game easily without him.

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Gilbert's suspension begins immediately.

He will miss key games against the Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.

"We are disappointed that Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing substances". Hubbard has seen the field plenty this season, as he took Gilbert's place earlier in the season when the suspended tackle was dealing with a hamstring injury. Since then, he has featured in 33 games, starting 10, for the Steelers. Gilbert will be eligible to return for Pittsburgh's visit to Houston on Christmas Day.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette, Gilbert will lose $1 million while the suspension is in effect.