Philadelphia Eagles reserve linebacker Jake Knott has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season for violating the league’s PED rule, according to the team’s website. He’ll serve the suspension without pay.
Both Knott and the team have issued statements on the matter. First, from the Eagles:
“We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension. We have spoken to Jake and he is fully aware of the mistake he made and owned it. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season.”
“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility. I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”
Knott’s only restriction is that he can’t play in games during the aforementioned time. He is eligible to practice, and will be with the team during training camp.