Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch, a much-hyped third-round pick in the 2011 draft, suffered a foot injury in training camp and ultimately didn’t play at all during his rookie season.
His debut could be delayed by at least 25 percent of the 2012 season.
Jason La Canfora of CBS reports via Twitter that Moch has been suspended four games for using a banned substance. The suspension reportedly is “pending appeal,” which means that the internal appeal process has not yet concluded.
The fact that appeal process has not concluded means that, unless Moch or his agent chose to disclose the situation, someone subject to a fine of up to $500,000 blabbed about something that should have remained confidential, given the possibility that the appeal process will wipe out the suspension entirely.