Marcus Gilbert Suspended Four Games For Violation Of NFL’s PED Policy

Big news out of Pittsburgh this Monday evening. Pittsburgh Steelers’ right tackle Marcus Gilbert has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s PED policy. Ed Bouchette reported the news.

As Bouchette tweeted out, it’s one in a long line of Steelers who have been suspended over the recent years. Gilbert recently spent time working back from a hamstring injury.

Chris Hubbard is expected to replace him, just as he did when Gilbert was injured. The team also added OT Jake Rodgers this morning, indicating they knew this news was coming.

Provided Gilbert does not appeal, he’ll be able to return in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

Developing story.

UPDATE (4:06 PM). Via Bouchette, GM Kevin Colbert announced Gilbert will not appeal his suspension.

(4:10 PM)

Here is Colbert’s full statement via

“We are disappointed that Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing substances. He will not appeal the NFL’s decision.
The suspension is effective immediately, and he will not be permitted in the building until after the suspension has concluded following our game on Dec. 17.”

Gilbert’s suspension creates an opening on the 53 man roster. It will likely be filled by Cam Sutton. The Steelers will not need to release anyone else to add him to the roster.

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  • D C T


  • Jon Hartman

    that sucks he’ll miss the pats game. grrrr.

  • CountryClub

    man, it feels like this team just can’t stand prosperity. At least he should be back for the playoffs.

  • Petherson Silveira

    F^@$#ck. Just against the PATRIOTS

  • The Tony

    I wonder if he was trying to get healthy with the PEDs

  • Jason

    I’m no expert but with the healing properties of some of these substances that’s very likely.

  • Shawn Stone

    Just another selfish nfl player. Chris Hubbard will do just fine. Maybe Gilbert can stay gone

  • Darth Blount 47

    Why can’t we have nice things anymore?! :’-(

    Line back together. Score 40 points. Huge games coming up. Annnnd BUSTED.

    Somebody opined recently as to whether or not the soap opera was over. Well…… it was apparently only a brief commercial break.

  • Grant Humphrey

    Very disappointing

  • John Phillips

    It’s a bit disappointing Jerald Hawkins is not a viable option to replace Gilbert during his time out. I had a lot of hope for him when he was drafted. Not that I have a problem with Hubbard, but one would think Hawkins would have moved up the depth chart by now.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    First thing I thought of.

  • MintDragon

    oh well, let’s us delay the ‘who to remove from the 53 for Sutton’ question for another month.

    Also let’s us know why they added a lineman to the PS.

  • MattHat121

    I know Gilbert is better than Hubbard in pass pro…better in run game as well?

  • Alex Kozora


  • The Tony

    People make mistakes. So I’m guessing you thought the same of Ben these past ten years when he got suspended too right?

  • Bryant Eng

    Not that concerned about the Pat’s “ferocious pass rush.”

  • Bryant Eng

    Your nuanced analysis shed some valuable light on this story. Thank you for your contribution.

    Said no one ever.

  • Bryant Eng

    He doesn’t play RT.

  • John Phillips

    He’s a LT?

  • John Phillips

    Honestly, I would think that most tackles would be able to play both right or left, but I probably don’t know enough about the tackle position.

  • The Tony

    Yes but I feel a lot better running right with Gilbert than I do with Hubbard

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Well that was a real jerkoff thing to do.

  • nikgreene

    Sutton has to be added soon or reverts to season ending IR. Someone feel free to correct me.

  • Sam Clonch

    Well, not the way I wanted Cam to make the active roster. I’m still not sure how he gets a hat on game day, barring injuries.

  • QBall

    Big difference. Marcus Gilbert knew PEDs were outlawed and took them anyway. The only thing Ben was guilty of was hanging out with gold-digging white trash.

  • Sam Clonch

    Think tomorrow is decision day.

  • The Tony

    Valid point. However negligence may have played a role. With how many substances there are in the league, taking something over the counter and not from a team doctor is possible but still extremely stupid, if that was the case

  • QBall

    No argument here…

  • Lambert58

    Oh boy. That is terrible news.

  • NickSteelerFan

    That stinks! At least Hubbard has a lot of starting experience on the season so it wont be like he’s being thrown into the fire.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Damn. Caveat is he will get fully healthy at least.

    If we’re all being honest, I bet most of them do take some form of banned substance to help them recover. Still…

  • Lambert58

    Hawkins doesn’t play RT? Sure he does.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    You idiot.

  • steelerfan

    Sadly, this news made Big Dan’s day.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Gotta be smarter than that. Shame. Optimist in me is thinking he was taking it to help his injury heal faster.

    Haley’s fault.

  • NCSteel

    Never good to lose a guy of that caliber for nonsense.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Alex, I think the ‘as the Steelers turn’ emblem might need to go on top of this article. Especially because I really was starting to feel like we had turned the corner on all the off the field stuff…. then this. The voice in my head right now Chris Carter. He’s saying, “C’mon Man!”

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    We will likely never learn the full details but I wonder if the treatment of his hamstring wasn’t the cause. A number of the “performance enhancing drugs” include medicines that are available over the counter for example Sudafed is banned; so if you have a cold and a itchy,drippy nose and go to the drug store – pick the wrong decongestant = and you face suspension.

    It is the players responsibility for knowing what goes in their body but it could easily be taken by mistake. I’m sure Marcus Gilbert will be extra, extra careful as losing a quarter of the season (and his salary) is nothing to sneeze out.

  • That is not always the case. Sometime supplements don’t list all the ingredients, as with the infamous “StarCaps” case from almost a decade ago.

    He’s not Brian Cushing who is a repeat offender trying to get an edge.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Just in time for a second go-round with the Steelers’ two biggest (and likely angriest) rivals. Just…peachy.

  • Dshoff

    He’s better in everything. Hubbard is really good for a backup but he’s certainly not the caliber of Gilbert.

  • EdJHJr

    Ben , I believe is still the only player , who was accused of a crime , not charged, and still suspended.

    Is that why Kapernick protests because they miss treat Ben

  • gdeuce

    if it were that situation, then Gilbert would’ve appealed the suspension

  • So, are you with holding any info? You sound like you know exactly what happened?

  • EdJHJr

    Our beloved rat birds are playing home the next 2 weeks. Then the steelers.

    Just sayin,, we don’t need more injured guys

  • imjohnh

    Of course he was – he was rehabbing his hammy.

    If the NFL wanted to do something truly useful (not to mention radical) to protect the players’ health, they would legalize PEDs for use when rehabbing soft tissue injuries. Something like this: if you have a proven muscle tear/pull/whatever, you are allowed to go on a highly scrutinized, monitored and tested recovery protocol that would include anabolics and/or GH or whatever can be proven to be safe and effective at enhancing recovery. Once you’re back on the active roster, you get tested weekly to make sure you’re not staying on the juice after you’ve healed. Surely with all their money they could find some to way to develop a cutting edge injury recovery program rather than leaving it up to chance

    I’m serious.

    We ask these men to put their bodies – not to mention their brains – on the line for their entire careers so we can be entertained (and so the owners and league can make big piles of money); the least we can do is let science be on their side when they get hurt.

  • Milton Farfara

    Aaannnndd the doomsday negative Normans are coming out full force. Yes it’s a shame MG is suspended but is the world going to end? That’s an emphatic NO. Hubbard has already played more snaps and would be a starter on many teams. So while Gilbert is definately better I look at the positives.
    1. We have 4 more weeks to decide who to drop from the roster for Sutton
    2. Hubbard gets even more work as a starter which can only help depth preparedness for a hopefully long Superbowl run
    3. Gilbert should finally be 100% healed for stretch and playoffs
    So that’s my take on how to turn this sh%$@#ty situation into a chocolate sundae
    GO STEELERS! ! !

  • ND_Steel

    So is he a multiple-time offender to be suspended for 4 games?

  • FATCAT716

    Words right out of my mouth

  • FATCAT716

    If he appealed it may have delayed the process causing him to miss a playoff game

  • FATCAT716

    So true

  • JT

    It’s been said before, but this America’s Game has gone past a two parter and now become a trilogy.

  • ND_Steel

    Ok, I see 4 games is for first offense when in season for stimulant or anabolic agent…this sucks…Gilbert >>Hubbard

  • Ace

    Cheaters gonna cheat. Sucks to get caught.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Yes; Sudafed is considered a stimulant and is on the banned list unless prescribed team medical personnel even though it is an over the counter medicine.

  • ND_Steel

    Worst part is the timing…not only did he just get back in the lineup, but he’ll also miss the Week 15 showdown. Another self-inflicted wound in this season of distractions.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Hubbard is a real downgrade. I was hoping that Hawkins could’ve leapfrogged him in the pecking order by now but nobody really knows yet if he’s any good.

  • ND_Steel

    BFH, you’ve mentioned Sudafed a few times, have you seen this reported or just making a point that it could have been anything? I don’t know if I’d be more disappointed if it was Sudafed (honest mistake or not smart, as they KNOW they are being drug tested and HAVE to pay attention to what they put in their bodies) or something to speed his hamstring recovery.

  • HiVul

    From what I understand, it’s easier for a LT to play RT than the opposite

  • pittfan

    Not so fast. Bellicheat may have had his hand in this.

  • ND_Steel

    Hawkins had a terrible pre-season and apparently hasn’t progressed, at least not to be considered as a viable option at RT. He may be a LT project only, which will greatly impact his ability to make the 53.

  • Dave McMillan

    Hubbard rates out better than Gilbert against the run, per PFF

  • Bradys_Dad

    Certainly explains the Jake Rodgers re-signing.

  • westcoasteeler

    You sat through meeting after meeting when they said don’t do stupid and didn’t listen?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It is on the list of banned substances that NFLPA provides to players. They also have an app that can be used to enter supplements to get the lists of ingredients.

    My point is that it id not necessarily anabolic steroids or human growth hormones that the players can get in trouble for. It is a very wide variety of substances some of which are over the counter. It would be interesting to see what percentage of the general population would be subject to suspension of they were tested against the same list.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Why 4 games and not 2? Wasn’t this his first offense? He failed mutiple times this year until this suspension wand handed to him? Can someone explain this to me?

  • Ralph Wagner

    Gilbert was getting tired of his hammy so he took a chance with a so called healing/pain drug and lost. How they (the NFL) got wind of his cheating is another question. Hmmmm

    Go Steelers.

  • connfyoozed .

    A first time offense for taking PEDs is always 4 games. You might be confusing the PED guidelines with the penalty guidelines for other drugs.

  • WTF?!?!

    Ben better not get injured because of this!


  • Nunya

    Here is my question in regards to his statement. Don’t you have to be caught multiple times before you are suspended for any games? If so, how many times did he “accidentally” take a banned substance?

  • Ken Krampert

    Dan McCullers, Matt Feilers, Brian Allen, and Justin Hunter don’t mind a bit… of them just kept their job for at least 4 weeks…..

  • Jaybird

    I think PEDs are different than recreational drugs. I don’t think you get second chances with something like HGH or steroids etc…

  • jlingo

    Inadvertently took… would love to know the “what” and the “when” of this. Was it cold meds? Was he abusing it? Did he gain any advantage in taking it?

  • capehouse

    What an A-hole you are.

  • Axel

    Lol…..welcome to the pit of misery, dilly dilly

  • James Brown

    Don’t be that guy.

  • GravityWon

    There is a decent probability that at least one player gets injured in the next 4 games. I’m betting we’ll never get an answer to who would have been cut.

  • ND_Steel

    Gotcha…no matter how you slice it though, still not smart when your job is at risk ($1M+ mistake, ouch!) and does everything possible to educate you on what you can and can’t take, to include an app! Shame

  • Michael Conrad

    So if anyone who plays in the NFL is not taking some type of PED they need to be commented. The look and superior ability of most players leads me to believe most have found the holy grail of fitness training.

    Dilly Dilly.

  • ND_Steel

    If in season. Off season is different.

  • ND_Steel

    In season, first offense is 4 games.

  • ND_Steel

    They are certainly making the best out of their situation, not giving up. Their defense is carrying them, as is Jax.

  • Pat Knotts

    GREAT just great

  • Rocksolid20

    Hawkins is gone after this year . A tackle will now be on
    the top 3 rounds draft .

  • Rocksolid20

    How do you think he got back in the line up ?

  • Matt Manzo


  • Aaron Harchak

    Maybe not, an appeal could have pushed the timeframe too close to the playoffs and he may not yet be 100% healthy. Just taking the suspension gets it over with and time to heal in the meantime.

  • Heywood Jablome

    QBall sounds like white trash.

  • Matt Manzo

    He plays RT.

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s super disappointing! This is about the time that I thought he would start peaking over Gilbert’s shoulder. Fieler getting those snaps a few weeks ago really worries me!
    At least Hubbard has improved some.

  • pittsburghjoe

    I would think we would have heard from an organization like Mayo Clinic or Cleveland Clinic on the main stream benefits of using these drugs on a routine basis for this type of purpose. Since they are make a living out of cutting edge medicine and have not published a favorable position I would think its not a good idea. Im sure a Depot MD will argue otherwise though.

  • Steeldog22

    Just not well.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think they mean when Gilbert comes back.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s the perspective I’m taking, too!

  • Matt Manzo

    He doesn’t do either well. I was hoping for more by now.

  • Steeldog22

    James Harrison sweat on him in the gym and he failed the test.

  • Generic Steelers Fan



  • QBall

    Considering the fact that I’ve got a Super Bowl ring from the Steelers, with my name on it, on my right hand as I’m typing this, I rather doubt it…

  • Xclewsive

    I don’t care honestly. Marcus hasn’t played much

  • Conserv_58

    Of course another Steelers player tests positive for a banned substance. Like there weren’t enough distractions already.

  • imjohnh

    there are surprisingly few studies on therapeutic PED use, mostly because using them gets you banned from your sport, not because they aren’t efficacious…

  • Conserv_58

    That’s the only excuse that makes sense.

  • Conserv_58

    Uh, Marcus should have read the label before consuming said contents.

  • connfyoozed .

    True, thanks for the clarification.

  • Av232

    I get the feeling there would be a lot of “pulled muscles”

  • mezzetin1

    The optics! They’ll suspend over optics! C’mon…

  • mezzetin1

    It’s about protecting the qb’s blindside.

  • Nunya


  • Dan

    It’s always “inadvertent” isn’t it? With as much as athletes monitor what they put in their bodies nowadays, he probably knew what he was doing. Can’t get that stuff by the league at this point. Take your suspension and come back healthy Marcus.

  • I4giveSteelers

    I dont think he will be in shape at the point, and I can not see the Steelers “rewarding him” when he is first eligible

  • pittsburghjoe

    The clinical study does not have to be completed on a professional athlete.

  • Bryan Ischo

    Do tell. Is it possible to have such a ring if you were not a player? Maybe working in the office somewhere? Do all members of the organization get rings or just the players? Assistant coaches maybe?

  • Mike Lloyd

    Things are never as great as they seem and never as bleak when something goes wrong.
    (Unless you are the Cleveland Browns)
    Next man up…

    Stay off the weed and steroids guys!
    It’s not rocket science!

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The fact that he just took the punishment without a welp tells me that he got caught red handed and that it wasn’t a simple cold medicine etc. I’m guessing he tried to sneak by with some gh during his rehab. I don’t think he would be dumb enough to try an anabolic steroid during a season.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Yeah, I kinda got the same impression but was hoping that he’d come along the past couple of months. He doesn’t seem to be the same since his shoulder injury.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Thank u.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    We have 3 afc games in the next 4 weeks. Including the stupid pats. This is the worst timing for this. You bloody moron.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    He will miss 3 afc games they are all going to be importanr to stay above the pats and ratbirds in the conference

  • John

    Hubbard is not a quality tackle. This will be a problem for us. At least Gilbert should be healthy when he comes back and will get a couple games to prepare for playoffs. But this is brutal.

  • Chuck Anderson

    No, a much worse time would have been in the last few weeks of the season, so he’d miss the playoffs.

    Losing Gilbert for a month hurts – he’s just a terrific player – but there’s a pretty low number of other starters I’d feel better about losing for a month. It’s good to have a guy who plays as well as Hubbard coming off the bench!

  • ND_Steel

    That’s possible, don’t know.

  • HondoCogburn

    I say legalize any and all drugs for pro athletes, what do I care of the long term effects, as long as they win I could care less what they do to get there, just as I don’t care if they’re homess and drooling on themselves at fifty!

  • NinjaMountie

    While this is annoying, I can honestly say that TE is the only position that I’d care less about.
    Grand scheme of things, it could be worse. I’m certain if the news was that his hammy was going to keep him out 4 games there would be a lot less bellyaching on the boards.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yup. Guy hits his funny bone, goes on a 4-6 week cycle to speed recovery.



  • Av232

    Is it possibly because the risks outweigh the gains in a first world, developed country where sitting out 4-6 weeks of high-level activity won’t kill you or your family?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Hubbard sucks at tackle. He is average at best.

  • NinjaMountie

    Bro, he’s been out for a good part of the year and we’re 8-2.
    Is Hubbard the greatest? Nope. We’ve won with him, though, and if we lose I can almost guarantee that he’s not going to be the reason.
    Not everything is the end of the world, my friend.

  • CountryClub

    I’d like to believe he’s going to stay in shape over these next 4 weeks. We’ll see. But I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t play when he comes back. Look at bell and Bryant. They played right away. There will be 2 reg season games remaining when he comes back. They’ll be able to ease him back in (if they don’t want to throw him into the fire).

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    Wonder what he was juicing with…was it to get over his injury? His body has changed and leaned out since coming into the league.,,

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    I think he’ll be in shape and we’ll rested to. He is allowed to work out. The hammy will be good to go also

  • AndreH

    Couldn’t have come at a worse time. Marcus, what the hell where you thinking? The next four teams on the schedule all have one thing in common they can all rush the passer.

  • Nathanael Dory

    Meh. Steelers are going to the playoffs anyway. Get healthy, comeback in shape, get ready to play and lets roll for the SB

  • disqus_GDPkm232hS

    you can get around abuse by making it so you have to have an ‘Out’ injury designation to get the PED exemption.

  • Aj Gentile

    You would have to think

  • Biggie

    Getting tired of these idiots causing distractions during a year when this team should be a front runner for SB. First Bell sits out TC whining about money when a solid offer was given to him after 2 seasons where he had to sit out on suspension due to his own mistakes. Next Bryant comes back complaining nonstop about how he wasn’t treated right and how he’s better than a rookie after sitting out a years suspension, you’d think he want to prove himself but no just like Bell they act like they are owed a life. Now just as we finally get offense rolling this crap. All three need to get their heads straight or they won’t be long for this team.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Chris Hubbard has already started 5 of 10 games at right tackle and has played in 63.35% of the offensive snaps compared to 40.26 who started the other 5 but only completed 3.

  • ThatGuy

    To be fair, I would like to see the list of substances banned by the NFL. It’s definitely not all steroids, there’s probably some stuff on there that’s in a test booster or hell even ephedra (caffeine) could be on there.

  • Froggy

    Regarding the possibility of Gilbert “inadvertently” taking a banned substance, it is a long list of things that are banned: [link to six-page list omitted here to avoid moderation purgatory – search “2016NFL_PES_Policy_ProhibitedSubstancesList”]. Not just steroids, but certain diuretics and stimulants are banned as well. I have no idea what actually happened here, but it’s not farfetched for a player to take some sort of supplement without realizing that it contains something on that list.

  • Froggy

    Do a Google search on “2016NFL_PES_Policy_ProhibitedSubstancesList” and you’ll find the list.

  • Heywood Jablome

    QBall regularly posts on InfoWars, which confirms that he is indeed White trash. Also, any expectations of truth from such a person are misplaced.

  • ThatGuy


  • AndreH

    I agree. These guys just can’t seem to get out of there on way. Don’t forget about AB temper tantrum on the sideline and the anthem protest that went horribly off the track in Chicago.

  • QBall

    Yes, I do regularly post on Infowars. As for any “expectations of truth”, I really couldn’t care less what you or your fellow libtards are expecting from me, since you all suffer from mass mental illness. Furthermore, since I am not in the habit of casting pearls before swine, this will be my last response to your drivel.

  • QBall

    Yes, it is. And no, I was not a player.

  • QBall

    Not necessarily. The PED regs impose a strict liability on the player; i.e. the league doesn’t care how they got into your system. If they’re there, you’re guilty. Case closed. Under those circumstances, it would have been pointless to appeal.

  • Heywood Jablome

    You regularly follow Infowars – a known conspiracy theory pushing, fake news site, and you wanna accuse anyone of mass mental illness? ROTFLMFAO!!! You said Ben was boinking gold digging white trash – did you find that on InfoWars? Do you believe there is a child sex ring in the basement of a DC Pizza shop? Were Sandy Hook and 9/11 hoaxes? Try stepping back into the real world.

  • Bryan Ischo

    Very interesting. So do you feel that you have special insight into how NFL teams, in particular the Steelers, operate? If so then I think it would great to hear your take on all of the articles posted here and the issues surrounding the Steelers. I’ll definitely put you on my watch list 🙂

  • QBall

    My ring is from SB XIV, so any input I could provide would be more than a little outdated.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Hubbard gets blown out multiple times and is extremely noticeable. At least it is to me. The problem is we dont have any solid backup tackles. Feiler is young. Hawkins has done nothing. Hubbard being the best of bad options doesnt make him good. That is all.