Gerald McCoy, a defensive tackle for the Las Vegas Raiders, was suspended without pay for six games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances, the league announced.
McCoy, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1, said in a statement posted on Twitter that he was prescribed a prohibited substance “to help with dead tissue and tendon strength from injury. above ”and that it was an“ inadvertent error ”.
The NFL said McCoy began serving the suspension without pay immediately while on the team’s reserve / injured list.
“I love football and I have nothing but respect for the players, fans and this league,” McCoy said in his statement. “I have given it my all and worked my entire career to compete, train and rehab at a high level with integrity.
“It was a great disappointment to learn that I tested positive for a prohibited substance. In no way would I intentionally take something to aid my performance or gain a competitive advantage. It was an inadvertent mistake, but it’s something I take responsibility for. I apologize to my family, the NFL, my teammates and the fans and I humbly ask for your forgiveness, “he added.
The 33-year-old six-time Pro Bowl defender, who was placed on injured reserve, had to end his season for the second year in a row, suffered a torn right quadriceps in training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, before signing as a one-year, $ 1.25 million free agent with Las Vegas on Aug. 4.
ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez contributed to this report.