Chicago Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs, the league announced Monday.
Freeman, who signed a three-year contract with the Bears during the 2016 offseason, has previously been one of the team's top defensive player but was placed on injured reserve after needing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle. He also suffered a concussion in the game.
His suspension will begin immediately, despite him still being on the injured reserve list.
Freeman was suspended four games last season for the same reason.
"I hate to say I'm sorry again but I am sorry," he wrote on Twitter Monday. "I've been on IR all year and you try and stay out of sight, but sorry for the distraction. I had by lying to friends, family and loved ones when it came to the question of 'Are you OK?' Knowing my career may be over due everything that came with the head injury (that's been purposely downplayed by me), memory loss and all, has actually been a bit of a struggle."