The NFL announced today that New York Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended four games without pay for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. The second-year safety will be eligible to continue practicing with the team until the regular season gets underway, and then will be able to return on Monday, October 1st following the team’s September 30th game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"I took a prescription drug [Adderall] legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the off season in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do," Sash said in an independent statement. "I am highly disappointed by the league's decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure.?"
Sash, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick, was in a prime position to land the #3 safety spot going into 2012 after the Giants allowed Deon Grant to hit free agency. However, with Sash now out for the first four games of the season and cornerback Terrell Thomas' season likely over due to a re-injured ACL, Grant's phone will undoubtedly be ringing very soon.
Sash becomes the third Giants player to be suspended by the NFL in the last calendar year, joining running back Andre Brown and former defensive end Jimmy Kennedy. Both of those players appealed their suspensions and won, but Sash has already lost his appeal.
Because today was an off day for Big Blue, no one from the team is available to comment publicly.
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