Chicago Bears Day Mario Edwards Jr. suspended for the first 2 matches of the 2021 season


CHICAGO – Bears Defensive and Mario Edwards Jr. have been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday.

Edwards Jr. is no longer under contract with the Bears and will be a free agent in March. He would have to serve a suspension whenever he signed with a team, but would be eligible to participate in preseason games and practices.

Edwards Jr. had a career-high four sacks, while the Bears had one member in 2020.

The NFL is also investigating a legal case involving Edwards Jr. that stemmed from an incident at a hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina last year.

In December, according to a spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office in North Carolina, 26-year-old Edwards Jr. was issued a criminal summons on charges of raping a woman.

A court date has not yet been set, but the summons arose from a situation at the Hilton Charlotte City Center Hotel on October 17, the night before the Bears played the Carolina Panthers.

Police documents say officers responded to reports of a woman hitting her hand and scratching her forehead. Edwards and a woman both had injuries and scratches and both were listed as victims in the police report.

North Carolina court documents obtained by TMZ state that the woman in question accused Edwards of dragging her into a hotel room after recording her during an argument and dragged her out of her hotel room . The woman stated that she was pregnant at the time of the attack and required hospitalization.

Edwards’ agent, Peter Scheffer, denied that his client was involved in any wrongdoing.

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