NFL announces Bruce Irvin suspended for the first four games without pay for violating policy on performance enhancing substances.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 17, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, May 18, at 12:05 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Bruce Irvin offered a statement regarding his suspension via Twitter:
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According to the Dave Softy Mahler Show, a Seattle-based talk radio show, Irvin was suspended for Adderall use:
League source confirms Irvin suspended for aderall use. Did not appeal suspension. Out first 4 games of 2013— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) May 17, 2013
Irvin issued the following statement regarding the suspension (via NFL reporter Adam Caplan):
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. 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.
Irvin is not the first Seahawks player to make news for alleged Adderall use. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was suspended last season by the NFL for the same drug. However, Sherman was able to have the ruling overturned after appealing the league's decision.
Just last month, Sherman made news again after claiming that a "bunch" of NFL players use Adderall because they have prescriptions to treat ADHD among other disorders. He added that he has never taken the drug before.
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Unlike Sherman, though, Irvin will not appeal the NFL's ruling, according to his statement via Caplan.
The 23-year-old will enter his second season in the NFL in 2013. A former star with the West Virginia Mountaineers, Irvin was drafted 15th overall by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. At the time, he was considered by most to be a reach, but he ended up turning in an impressive rookie season.
Irvin recorded 16 tackles, eight sacks and a forced fumble in 2012, helping lead Seattle to the playoffs as a Wild Card in the NFC. He also notched one sack in Seattle's playoff win over the Washington Redskins. For his efforts, he was named to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team.
Seattle's first four games in 2013 will be at Carolina, home to San Francisco, home to Jacksonville and at Houston.
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