November 26, 2012

Patriots DE Cunningham suspended 4 games for PEDs

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Jermaine Cunnigham has been suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

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"It's not going to help if I get down about myself," Scott said. "I don't really have any control over that. But I just have control over what happens when I do get in the game."

The league's announcement of Cunningham's suspension did not specify the substance. The Patriots had no official reaction.

Cunningham can return to the active roster on Dec. 24, one day after the Patriots play at Jacksonville, and be eligible for the regular-season finale against the Dolphins in Foxborough.

Patriots rookie running back Brandon Bolden's four-game suspension for violating the same NFL policy ends after Sunday' game in Miami. Cornerback Aqib Talib has played two games since being traded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had to sit out his first game with the Patriots to complete his four-game suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Now with Cunningham out, if Scott can pressure the quarterback it would help the entire defense.

A good pass rush "always helps" the secondary, safety Devin McCourty said. "I think we work together pretty good at times and I think it's been improving each week."

How will that be affected by Cunningham's absence for four of the remaining five games?

"We'll see," McCourty said. "I don't know."

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