The New York Jets won’t have Brandon Copeland for the first four weeks of the season. But the linebacker vows to overcome this obstacle.
The New York Jets are experiencing early adversity. After linebacker Avery Williamson was lost for the season due to injury, the team learned they were losing Brandon Copeland for the first four games of the season.
Copeland’s suspension due to a violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The linebacker took to Instagram to explain himself and he vows to come back stronger from it.
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God’s Plan > My Plan I’ve spent the better part of 28 years building and working on my legacy. This offseason, I began taking a supplement AFTER multiple verifications that it was safe for me to use. Unfortunately, this supplement was contaminated with a banned substance – NOT on its label. Regardless of the reason, League policy says I am responsible for what is in my body. I’ve had a roller coaster ride of a career and all of my previous test results have been negative. I trust that the ppl who know my heart understand that I would never intentionally take a banned substance. To be quite honest, Im very fond of hard work and wouldn’t want success with the artificial help. Having to be away from my dream for something that was beyond my control will be tough for me however in similar fashion to how I handle other obstacles in my life I will approach this one with a “WATCH WHAT I DO WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY” mentality because my life dreams/missions still continue. Although I can NEVER make up for time loss on the field and away from my teammates who have become family, my team and I will be taking the necessary steps to rectify this situation to the fullest extent of the law. Understanding that God does not make mistakes, I will take this opportunity to thank Him for my blessings – the good, the bad and of course, the ugly. This is simply a chapter in my journey that is still being written. And as always, never let the obstacle become bigger than the OPPORTUNITY 🙏🏽
Copeland doesn’t hold much back in his caption, making sure he gets everything off his chest. Although blaming a contaminated supplement might seem like a cop-out, Copeland takes full-responsibility after explaining the reason for the failed test.
The University of Pennsylvania product tallied five sacks and 34 tackles in 16 games for the Jets last season. He’s no superstar, that’s for sure, but he was a potential starter nonetheless.
Second-year tight end Chris Herndon was also hit with a four-game suspension, making Copeland the second potential starter the Jets are losing to suspension.
To make matters worse, the Jets have little margin for error in the early part of the season.
New York hosts the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns in the first two weeks of the year. A game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, an early Week 4 bye, and a trip down I-95 to meet the Philadelphia Eagles follows.
The Jets will be shorthanded to start the year and fans are just hoping that it doesn’t result in a sour start.