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Colts’ Mathis Suspended Four Games

Colts’ Mathis Suspended Four Games

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Indianapolis star linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy. However, the drug which Mathis tested positive for is not a common one to football fans.

The linebacker was seeking fertility assistance and was reportedly told by the prescribing doctor that the drug would not cause a problem with the NFL.

“It is difficult for me to address the circumstances surrounding this suspension because they involve very personal medical information,” said Mathis in a statement. “Like many families, my wife and I faced fertility challenges, and I sought medical assistance. I specifically asked the doctor if the medication he prescribed for me would present a problem for NFL drug testing, and unfortunately, he incorrectly told me that it would not. I made the mistake of not calling the NFL or NFLPA to double-check before I took the medication at the end of last season.”

Mathis’ mother, Denis White, was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer in August of 2013. Wishing to give her another grandchild, Mathis sought out fertility help from Dr. Steven Morganstern in Atlanta. Due to a health condition that his wife, Brandi, suffers from, Dr. Morganstern advised Mathis begin taking the drug Clomid to help accelerate the process.

The 33-year old began taking the drug in November and stopped after finding out his wife was pregnant. The couple is expecting a baby girl in the fall and Mathis’ mother is still alive.

“The drug for which Mr. Mathis tested positive is not approved by the FDA for fertility in males and is a performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for years,” said a statement released by the NFL. “Importantly, Mr. Mathis did not consult with the policy’s Independent Administrator, a physician jointly approved by the NFL and NFL Players Association. Nor did he consult with his team doctor, the team’s training staff, the NFLPA, the league office or the hotline established under the policy to give confidential information to players. Each of these sources would have warned against using this substance.”

Mathis was the league leader in the sacks in 2013, recording 19.5 in his 12th season. He is eligible to return on Sept. 29 following the Colts Sept. 28 meeting with Tennessee. Mathis is still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason workouts, including team practices and games.

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Michael Sam Drafted By Rams in Seventh Round

Michael Sam Drafted By Rams in Seventh Round

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, being chosen in the seventh round (249th overall) by the St. Louis Rams. Sam announced his sexuality back in February and said his announceme…

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2) 
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — With the issues the Minnesota Vikings issues at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings traded back i…

49ers Exercise Option on Aldon Smith

49ers Exercise Option on Aldon Smith

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco 49ers have decided to hold on to embattled linebacker Aldon Smith a little longer. San Francisco exercised the 2015 option on Smith’s contract, worth a reported $9.75 million.
The 49ers had until m…

NFL Releases 2014 Schedule

NFL Releases 2014 Schedule

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks will begin their title defense on Sept. 4 against the Green Bay Packers in the season opener for the NFL. A rematch of the infamous “Fail Mary” game in 2012 starts the 2014 season for the de…

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor in a trade from the Oakland Raiders on Monday for a seventh round pick in the upcoming draft.
Pryor was the last draft pick of the late Oakland owner Al…

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Seahawks Acquire Pryor from Oakland

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Seattle Seahawks acquired quarterback Terrelle Pryor in a trade from the Oakland Raiders on Monday for a seventh round pick in the upcoming draft.
Pryor was the last draft pick of the late Oakland owner Al…

49ers Aldon Smith Arrested at LAX

49ers Aldon Smith Arrested at LAX

Brian Bahr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday after indicating that he was in possession of a bomb.
According to the LAPD, Smith was charged with a false bom…

Source: Carroll to Sign Extension with Seattle

Source: Carroll to Sign Extension with Seattle

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Super Bowl champions have come to terms with head coach Pete Carroll on a contract extension, according to league sources. While details of the contract have not been released, a press conference is schedu…

Jets Sign Vick, Release Sanchez

Jets Sign Vick, Release Sanchez

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Jets made yet another move at quarterback on Friday, this time releasing Mark Sanchez and signing Michael Vick to replace him. The team confirmed the news on Twitter, posting a picture of Vick…

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Broncos Sign WR Emmanuel Sanders

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(DENVER, Colo.) — The Denver Broncos continued their torrid offseason spending on Sunday, signing free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. The deal is expected to net the wide out $18 million over three years.
The four-year p…

Steve Smith Signs with Baltimore

Steve Smith Signs with Baltimore

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free-agent wide receiver Steve Smith didn’t take long to find his new home. A little more than 24 hours after being cut by Carolina, Smith signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The team announce…

Browner: “NFL Has Reinstated Me”

Browner: “NFL Has Reinstated Me”

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Seattle Seahawk Brandon Browner says the NFL has reinstated the suspended cornerback, tweeting that he was contacted by the league on Tuesday. Browner was suspended in November for violating the leagu…

Manning Wins Record Fifth MVP Award

Manning Wins Record Fifth MVP Award

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player on Saturday, receiving 49 of 50 votes. It is the fifth MVP award for Manning, the most ever by any NFL player.
The Denver quarte…

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/1/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/1/14

Getty Images/HemeraNHL: Boston Bruins 4 (35-16-3, 73 pts) – Edmonton Oilers 0 (18-33-6, 42 pts)
Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (32-18-5, 69 pts) – Montreal Canadiens 1 (29-20-6, 64 pts) – Overtime
Colorado Avalanche 7 (35-14-5, 75 pts) – Buffalo Sabres 1 (15-31…

2014 Football Hall of Fame Class Announced

2014 Football Hall of Fame Class Announced

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have seven new members inducted this coming August. Michael Strahan, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey were all selected …

Ravens Hire Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator

Ravens Hire Kubiak as Offensive Coordinator

Bob Levey/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) — The Baltimore Ravens hired Gary Kubiak as the team’s offensive coordinator on Monday. Kubiak, the former Houston Texans head coach, is the third different offensive coordinator in the last 13 months for the …

Sherman Apologizes for Crabtree Comments

Sherman Apologizes for Crabtree Comments

Steve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Just one day after making headlines for his post-game comments about an opposing receiver, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman apologized for the harsh criticism he had of Michael Crabtree following the Seahawks win…

Brady Returns to Practice, Feels “Great”

Brady Returns to Practice, Feels “Great”

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(FOXBORO) — One day after missing practice with an illness, New England Tom Brady returned to the team on Thursday in preparation of Sunday’s AFC Championship game against Denver.
The Patriots quarterback was listed on the team’…

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