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49ers defensive end suspended six games for violation of PED rules

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It’s been a rough couple days for 49ers, former and current. On Wednesday, it was reported that former 49ers tight end Chase Harrell, who was suspended six games last season for violating the NFL’s rules on enhancing drugs, has been suspended for the entirety of the 2021 season.

On Thursday, the team announced that the NFL suspended 49ers defensive end Jordan Willis for the first six games of the season without pay for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. Despite the suspension, he can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Willis was traded for last year, in a deal that sent him and the Jets’ seventh-round pick to the 49ers for their sixth-round pick. The former third-round pick out of Kansas State had the best production of his career, with a career-high 2.5 sacks after having one in each of his three prior seasons. He also tied his career high with five quarterback hits.


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