The Eagles announced that linebacker Jake Knott will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
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“We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension," the Eagles said in a statement. "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.”
Knott is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. If, that is, he sticks around. The Eagles likely will fortify the linebacker position the draft. Knott also issued a statement through the Eagles.
“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL," Knott's statement said. "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 sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”