RENTON — The NFL announced this afternoon that Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
Irvin is eligible to return to Seattles active roster on Monday, September 30 following the teams September 29 game against the Houston Texans.
Irvin will miss Irvin Seattles season opener at Carolina, home contests against San Francisco and Jacksonville, along with the road contest against the Texans.
Irvin is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The miscue will cost Irvin $191,681 in base salary in 2013.
Irvin made a statement released through the team:
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.