NFL.com – Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended four games for violating NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Cunningham was the top backup to rookie Chandler Jones and was enjoying a strong season. A second-round pick out of Florida in 2010, Cunningham entered training camp squarely on the roster bubble. He made the team and has carved out a role as a pass rusher with 15 QB hurries, five QB hits and three sacks according to ProFootball Focus. With Jones also injured, New England’s shaky pass rush has big question marks. The Patriots face the Dolphins, Texans and 49ers over the next three weeks as they pursue a playoff bye.
I don’t mind so much that Cunningham is using PEDs. It doesn’t bother me that I got all excited he led the team in offseason workouts. I don’t mind that since Training Camp I’ve been talking about how impressive he’s been or that just last week I called him the Most Improved Patriot. It doesn’t bother me that I’ve been so smitten with how much he’s thrived by being moved inside to tackle on passing downs after two lost seasons at end. And I’m not all worked up about the fact that he’ll be gone when they’re facing the iron of their schedule, Houston and San Fran. Because after all the Pats motto is supposed to be “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying” anyway. No, the problem I have is him getting caught. C’mon, Cunningham. You’re supposed to be a professional. If you’re going to use PEDs, at least find a better masking agent, dumbass. I hope they at least take the coveted offseason workout parking space away from him. @JerryThornton1