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Bengals Linebacker Dontay Moch Served Four-Game Suspension

Bengals defensive end and outside linebacker Dontay Moch was served a four-game suspension for using a banned substance.

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The Cincinnati Bengals made roster moves on Monday, prematurely ending one season while finally getting another kick started.

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Dontay Moch Working Out Diligently While Suspended

Though this is really an extension off of the last two updates on this stream, it's still noteworthy. Earlier this offseason, Bengals linebacker/defensive end was suspended for four games for using a banned substance. According to Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson, Moch has gained twelve pounds during the last month, upping his weight from 258 pounds to 270.

Surely you see the irony here. Moch gained twelve pounds of presumed muscle when he was on suspension and was no longer using said banned substance and/or supplement--usually it's the opposite. If you're wondering if he's lost any speed with the added weight, Hobson assures us he hasn't, claiming that he ran "another 4.3 (40-yard dash)". If this added weight can translate and build upon his strong preseason showing where he had 3.5 sacks in four games, we could see a strong final twelve games from Moch.

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Lewis says Moch won't play this weekend

According to Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, linebacker Dontay Moch, after having served his four-game suspension for testing positive with a banned substance, will not be activated this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.

Currently on a league-approved exemption, Moch does not count against the 53-man roster for this weekend. However by early next week, the Bengals are required to make a move when the league's exemption expires, returning to the active 53.

Most likely your early inactive list for this Sunday's game boils down to Moch, Dre Kirkpatrick, Jason Allen, Ryan Whalen and Richard Quinn. We're just conjecturing at this point.

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Moch Begins Routine After Four Game Suspension

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end/linebacker arrived at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, the first time since his suspension began just prior to the regular season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Moch hasn't been sitting idle for the past month.

The third-year defensive player told the Cincinnati Enquirer that during his four-game suspension, he worked out at Ignition Sports, a popular hub for Cincinnati Bengals players during the offseason. Additionally spent time getting to know himself better and studying the defensive playbook.

"It’s definitely been tough getting going," Moch said. "My start hasn’t been great going but I feel like God doesn’t have anything in my course that I can’t take. With that little time down I just took that time to get to know myself better, the playbook and how I could contribute to the team more."

Once Moch is activated onto the 53-man roster, the Bengals will be forced to open a spot on the 53-man roster. Options on whom that could be include DE Wallace Gilberry, LB Roddrick Muckelroy, or even cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris, promoted last week onto the 53-man roster due to injuries with Leon Hall, Nate Clements and Jason Allen. It's entirely possible that Hall and Clements return as early as this week, reducing the need to have the rookie cornerback on the 53.

Wide receiver Ryan Whalen is another option, who hasn't been active yet this season and as this rate, barring an injury, he probably won't be.

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NFL Grants Roster Exemption For Dontay Moch

According to Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Bengals requested one-week roster exemption for Dontay Moch was granted by the NFL.

It boils down to this. Moch can do everything a player on the 53-man roster can, from practicing to using training facilities, which are generally not allowed during a suspension. However he won't count against the 53-man roster, which also means he can't play until he's officially back on the 53-man roster.

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Bengals Request One Week Exemption For Moch

The Cincinnati Bengals announced Monday afternoon that they have requested a one-week roster exemption for Dontay Moch, whose suspension expired Monday morning. Moch was suspended four games during the offseason for testing positive with a banned substance.

Cincinnati's request makes sense but it's also more procedural than anything, taking advantage of a system that allows breathing room to make a decision later. If granted, the Bengals have time to get Moch prepared without counting against the 53-man roster, using this week preparing him back into football shape, relearning the system and anything else that may require some time for his return.

In 2010 Antwan Odom returned from a four-game suspension with a roster exemption, but the Bengals only had 51 players on the 53-man roster at the time.

It's also important to note that the Bengals can't play Moch until they officially place him back on the 53-man roster, meaning someone has to go.

The team expects a response later on Monday.

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Dontay Moch's Four-Game Suspension Expires

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch officially went on the Reserve/Suspended list after the team announced the 53-man roster on August 31. The Bengals were granted an exemption throughout the duration of Moch's four-game suspension, which expired Monday morning, following Cincinnati's 27-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

With Moch eligible to return, the Bengals will be forced to find a spot on the 53-man roster. Meaning the team need to release or waive someone, or placing an injured player on season-ending injured reserve.

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NFL Announces Dontay Moch's Suspension

The NFL announced that Bengals linebacker/defensive end will be serving a four-game suspension for using a banned substance.

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Dontay Moch Has Yet To Hear From The NFL

Dontay Moch claims he hasn't heard from the league regarding a reported four-game suspension for using using a banned substance.

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Dontay Moch To Be Suspended Four Games

Jason La Canfora with the NFL Network reports that Dontay Moch will be suspended four games for using a banned substance.

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