(NEW YORK) — Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin will not be on the field to start the 2013-14 season.
The pass rusher was suspended for the first four games of next season for league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption,” Irvin said in a statement. “I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.”
He will be eligible to return to the Seahawk’s roster on September 30. During his suspension, he will be allowed to take part in all offseason practices and preseason games.
Irvin had eight sacks as a rookie out of West Virginia last season for Seattle.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire