Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Chiefs made the announcement in a statement.
“This morning the NFL notified the team of Donald Stephenson’s four-game suspension,” the Chiefs said. “Obviously losing Donald is disappointing, but we are in full compliance with the league’s policy. We will have no further comment on the situation.”
Stephenson released a statement through the NFL Players Association.
“I'm extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption,” Stephenson said. “The rules are strict, and without at TUE, the consequence is a four game suspension. I apologize to the Hunt family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his staff, my teammates, and our awesome Chiefs fans. It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team, and I will be ready to contribute to my team?s effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return.?”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun