The Cincinnati Bengals have a lot of tough calls to make on players who are on the roster bubble. A log-jam at defensive end had DeQuin Evans as firmly on the bubble as any player, but it appears as though he may have found a way to sneak onto the roster
#Bengals DE Evans suspended first 8 games for violating NFL policy for performance enhancing substances
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) August 30, 2013
And this statement from an NFL spokesman was provided by Bengals Public Relations:
DeQuin Evans of the Cincinnati Bengals has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
He will be eligible to return to the Bengals’ active roster on Monday, October 28 following the team’s October 27 game against the New York Jets.
The Bengals now won’t have to make a move regarding Evans, as he won’t count against the 53-man roster during his suspension. Given what Evans has showed, the team will likely keep him, look at their roster when the suspension is up, and if they need a DE, just reinstate him.