Just as the Jets lose a linebacker to injury, another one won't be present to start the season for a different reason.
The Jets announced Wednesday that LB Brandon Copeland has been suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
Copeland, 28, played in all 16 games for the Jets in his first season with the team in 2018. He totaled five sacks, 35 combined tackles -- eight for loss -- 14 quarterback hits, and two passes defended.
Now Copeland is allowed to finish out training camp and preseason games, but once Week 1 against the Bills rolls around, he must leave the team until Week 5. The Jets also lost Avery Williamson in their last preseason bout against the Falcons.
Jets GM Joe Douglas added another linebacker to fill Williamson's role in LB Stephone Anthony on Tuesday, but this is now a greater opportunity for Anthony to make a good impression with two linebackers out.
The Jets' defense continues to catch bad breaks this offseason.