More trouble for Mario Edwards Jr. …
The Chicago Bears defensive lineman has been handed a 2-game ban by NFL commish Roger Goodell on Friday … but we’re told it is NOT related to an alleged domestic violence incident in October.
TMZ Sports broke the story … a woman claims 27-year-old Edwards got violent with her in a North Carolina hotel room on Oct. 17 (the day before playing against the Panthers) … after she turned down his sexual advances.
The woman claims she was pregnant at the time of the incident … and required medical attention for injuries sustained during the alleged attack.
Edwards, though, has STRONGLY denied any wrongdoing … claiming he was the victim and the woman was the aggressor.
While that incident remains under investigation, we’re told Edwards’ punishment Friday is due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy … resulting in the 2-game ban.
Edwards showed serious promise in 15 games for the Bears this season … racking up 4 sacks in 15 games.
Edwards is due to hit free agency this off-season … and could miss more playing time depending on the results of the league’s investigation.