Knott Suspended Four Games For PED Use

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Jake Knott
has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 regular season without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

 The second-year linebacker is eligible to participate in practices this offseason and can play in preseason games.

“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. 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,” said Knott through a statement. “The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility. I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

The Eagles issued a statement as well.

“We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension. 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 signed with the Eagles as a rookie free agent last offseason. The Iowa state product appeared in 12 games in 2013 (mostly as a special teams contributor) and finished with eight tackles. He missed four weeks with a hamstring injury.

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  • NickS1

    Idiot. You work in a league that refuses to pass comprehensive HGH testing and you get caught with banned supplements and you blame the unregulated market not telling you what’s in it. Moreover, you work with a f’n sports scientist. Ask! I almost hope this kid gets cut, now.

    • reb

      His “statement” sounds like a canned statement that every player suspended for substances says. It’s ridiculous.

    • GEAGLE

      Lol right,,,it’s so easy to cheat, that when someone like Jake actually gets caught, I kind of believe his excuse..he probably did take a supliment that contained a banned ingredient that he didn’t know about, because he could easily cheat without getting caught if he wanted to……
      ..

      • NickS1

        Easy? No, not if you’re trying to do it through supplements and what have you. And I understand that he was probably trying to do things the right way. So I ask, why not take advantage of having a guy like Huls around? Pretty dumb not to take advantage of your in-house sports scientist. However, if was going to cheat, using supplements is stupid, as the league gives you the preferred route with it’s refusal to pass HGH testing. One way or another, it was pretty boneheaded.

        • GEAGLE

          Isn’t that what I basically said.

          • NickS1

            Definitely took your post as mocking what I was getting at.

        • pjcostello

          I wonder what kind of contact the players are allowed to have with the coaching staff during the “offseason”, according to the CBA.

          • NickS1

            Good question. I’d also want to know if Huls qualifies as coaching staff. If not, what contact are they allowed with training staff? Really good point.

  • jabostick

    If he was going to cheat, he should’ve took the “starting LB” drugs instead of the “backup ST’er” drugs.

  • jabostick

    You know how everyone says that teams will emulate whatever the Super Bowl champions do… (I stole that from twitter)

  • TXEaglesFan

    So is Richard Sherman going to make a blog post in support of Knott? I mean he probably can relate to this experience just like he can Desean.

    • Harpy Eagle

      Only if Knott was on his Little League team 20 years ago

  • Hiral (GM)

    *****cut him cut him cut him***** he was using an “illegal” banned substance. He must have “ties” to a an “illegal” drug dealer. We don’t need the distraction in the locker room. The trainer of the Eagles already tweeted “we know this is an unpopular move but we can’t have “ties” to people who have “ties” to “allege” drug dealers… Smdh

    • Adam

      You sound like you’re at a level 5 butthurt

      • pjcostello

        BOOM!!! Totally gonna steal that.

  • GEAGLE

    Watching a Desean interview is painful….and I would love to rip Stephan a smiths asophgus out. He trying so hard to stir up controversy, thank god Desean isn’t taking the bait,,,,
    ,,,
    Hahaha according to Desean, he doesn’t hang out with the gangsters who do negative things…he only hangs out with the good gangsters, Care Bears and the wicked witch of the south..

    • Hiral(GM)

      The truth hurts it was a bad PR move for the Eagles to try and use “Gang ties” as the reason to release him then double back and say they didn’t put that out there. The eagles should have just said DeSean is an a$$hole and is very disruptive like TO. If they would have taken that approach I don’t think the city and Eagle nation would be divided on the topic right now. But an African American you can’t use “gang ties” as the catalyst for his release than say “oh no we didn’t mean that, we meant he didn’t practice hard etc.”

      • UKEagle99

        The Eagles DIDN’T use gang ties. OMG. Link me the post where the Eagles said that. Argue the timing all you like all the Eagles have said is that it is time to part ways and then zip… All the rest is media make believe.

        • GEAGLE

          That’s y I minimilze his posts before I accidentally read his crap

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          just wait another few months, these fools will be gone. That’s why I’m mostly MIA these days.

    • Harpy Eagle

      When I first put it on I thought Steven A was interviewing Erkel

    • Hiral(GM)

      And I hope your boy Cook is as good as you claim he is

    • Javi Echie

      He said he is not in a gang yet he was never accused of being in a gang he was accused of being affiliated with a gang, he stupidity amazes me.

      • Eaglehaslanded

        he stupidity amazes me….It’s quite ironic that you are calling him stupid with that kind of grammar!

        • Javi Echie

          Thanks for the grammar lesson its called my phone chose that word before I realized it so stick to the eagles talk instead of nitpicking grammatical errors ya loser

          • Eaglehaslanded

            No, a loser is one who finds it ok to insult someone…but gets offended when the table gets turned on them. It’s called karma. Life is funny that way. Winning!

          • dollamakeuholla

            so desean saying he isn’t in a gang and he only hangs with the “good” crips isn’t stupid? yet when your phone puts in “he” instead of “his” is? I also didn’t capitalize at the beginning of a sentence i hope that doesn’t offend you!

          • Eaglehaslanded

            Not at all. I appreciate that pic!

  • Hiral (GM)

    1st Ha Ha Clinton/Kyle Fuller
    2nd Keith McGill
    3rd Dri Archer
    4th DT
    5th Brett Smith
    6 WR

    MAKE MY DAY

    • oreofestar

      I am in love with Fuller but we have bigger needs, Mcgill I like but not in the 2nd, Archer no especially that early, and Smith I would have said maybe to before Sanchez but now. it is already too crowded at QB

      • Hiral(GM)

        Who do you like? What would be your 7 and you wouldn’t take Brett Smith?

        • oreofestar

          I mean where does Brett Smith fit into our QB picture with Sanchez and Barkley I mean would he be 2nd? 3rd? 4th? I mean really… I like Fuller bt I think OLB and WR are going to be our first to picks maybe Ealy in round 1 or Murphy, Attaboy or Smith round 2 and then Cooks, Adams, ODB, Benjamin, Matthews, Robinson, Moncrief and others are options at 22 and 54 and I love Exum too in the 4th or 5th round

        • Javi Echie

          Brett Smith is absolutely terrible for your information friend. I’m good with Sanchez and Barkley

    • anon

      Tell me about dri archer, what’s his deal?

      • Joe L

        If you’re not just joking: He’s tiny. But unbelievably fast. That’s his deal.

        • Johnny Domino

          Didn’t they just cut that guy?

      • Hiral (GM)

        He is small but extremely fast and elusive. He has good but not great hands and unfortunately he goes down pretty easily. But boyyyyyyyy can he move kick return, punts, you can put him in the backfield, slot or out wide. Go to draft breakdown.com look how fast how he out runs all the competition. This is Darren sproles replacement in two years max. Darren sproles but faster

    • Eaglehaslanded

      4th rd DT…check out Justin Ellis from Louisiana Tech…6’3″ 342.

      • oreofestar

        I like him :)

      • GEAGLE

        Like him because he can play NT a DE, but if his arms werent shot he would be a no brainer, but i think the 4th is probably too early for Elllis….The DL we draft must be versatile, and be able to back up Logan at NT….I suspect its going to he Cal’s DeAndre Coleman

        Pac 12 player, (someone said chip tried to recruit him, tho im not sure if its true or not)..Im telling yous, the Eagles are really going to try and draft this kid.. Could go as early as the 3rd…but im expecting the 4th or 5th….This kid has experience playing every position on a 3man line…ideal two gapper, the body chip covets(very similar to Logan):
        6’5
        315lbs
        34.5 arms (stretch armstrong)
        10.25 hands

        I expect most teams to look at him as fheir 5tec, because he is good at staking the edge,..but im relly really expecting this to he the kid who backs up Logan at NT…he has the ridiculuosly long arms to covet, a frame that can handle some weight game

        • GEAGLE

          “Outstanding arm and body length and overall size. NOt easily moved off a spot, can anchor against double teams and clog lanes. very Tough and durable, plays thru injuries. versatile and has experience playing everywhere on a 30 front”-NFL draft

          His hand use is really raw( but Azz is strong at drilling fundamentals into our young players. He isnt much of a pass rusher, but he can develop into a strong run defender…Even if pass rushing isnt a strength, when we move him to NT. He probably ends up being a better pass rusher, than alot of the traditional 340lb NTs
          ….
          This kid is going to be an Eagle…I am convinced

          • Will

            Strengths Good anchor strength — is seldom inverted or moved off a spot. Can stack the line and occupy blockers.

            Weaknesses Short with short limbs and a lot of extra
            concentrated weight in his midsection. Limited athlete. Tires easily and
            tends to stand straight up and get caught on blocks (marginal
            extension). Does not show violence in his hands. Is not a pass rusher.
            Has missed time with foot and ankle injuries associated with excessive
            weight that he has struggled maintaining.

            Bottom Line Round-bodied, short-armed plugger with
            enough anchor strength to hold the point and clog the middle on a shade
            in a 4-3 front. Must prove he can manage his weight and stay healthy to
            earn a spot in the NFL.

            Justin Ellis combine report scored just 4.75…

          • GEAGLE

            I was talking about Deandre Coleman….who were you talking,about?nEllis or Shamar?…

            I would rank them for the eagles
            1) Coleman
            2) Ellis
            3) Shamar

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            KERR

  • Woody7236

    Stevie Johnson is on the outs in Buffalo. He is 1 season removed from 70/1,046/6TDs. 2010 & 2011 he was over 1,000 yds and 10 & 7 TDs respectively. He would immediately be WR3, an upgrade to Benn, and provide much needed deph. He would also take pressure off any rookie drafted and be an option if we don’t resign Maclin next year.

    • oreofestar

      well just because of Williams I won’t assume he is out, his contract is ridiculous but if he were to be released I agree he is a nice 2/3 option but we would not even sign him

      • Woody7236

        He’s 6’2″ 207, so he’s got size.

        ESPN.com’s Mike Rodak believes Stevie Johnson’s roster spot is in jeopardy.
        Coming off an injury-riddled 2013, Johnson is set to count $8.5 million against the cap. He’s a candidate to be released following Buffalo’s trade for Mike Williams, with second-year receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin both capable of taking on expanded roles. Because releasing Johnson carries $8.475 million in dead money, he could be asked to take a pay cut. If the Bills ultimately decide to move on from Johnson, they would free up just $25,000 in cap space. Apr 4 – 6:19 PM

        • oreofestar

          they save no money by cutting him :P

          • pjcostello

            They save no CAP space, but they’d save actual dollars.

    • travis papa

      My wife is a die-hard bills fan and I watch almost as much of the bills as the eagles. Stevie Johnson is djax with bad hands. He has atleast 1 huge drop a gm

  • UKEagle99

    Over the last few days I’ve read a lot of posts about Desean that have started to talk about racism. Now, I know from experience (well several long visits to the US) that our cultures are the same but different. What I mean there is we speak the same language (“fanny” aside) but we behave in different ways. One blatant example is that I find your TV Ads talk to me like I am an idiot whereas “our” Ads are more subtle. Generally I find the American people more forthcoming & friendly and “Brits” (I live near London now) more staid (until provoked!)

    Why am I talking about this? Racism…

    I have seen a lot of posts now that are labelling or “suggesting” the Eagles were being racist in this cut. I don’t get it, at all. This is where I think the 4,000 miles may have an effect. I grew up in the East end of London, I am aware of racism and consider myself lucky that I have never witnessed it, if I had I would like to think I would fight against it. Your nation seems far more sensitive to this than we are. It appears to me (as an outsider) that this seems to be a “card” to be played. I would be very interested to read articles or posts that point to the Eagles being racist in this. It seems to me that the NFL does more than most organisations to get people of all colours and creeds to join together.

    I’m a long way away. I follow these forums religiously but I appreciate I miss things and misinterpret others. What are your thoughts on the Eagles being racist in cutting DJ?

    • oreofestar

      In short it is stupidity the whole racism thing, I try and ignore it

      • UKEagle99

        Pretty much what I thought, I just began to wonder if I was missing something. Cheers for the response!

    • Maggie

      The Eagles let Michael Vick go. They published a statement from the owner thanking Vick for his service in the community and being an excellent teammate during his time with the Eagles. They let Jason Avant go, with much praise for his play and being such a fine member of the team. The Eagles let Desean Jackson go. All 3 are black. The twits crying “racist’ choose to ignore the facts.

    • pjcostello

      The NFL rosters are approximately 70% black. It’s hard for anyone to make a credible claim of ‘racism’ when a player is cut, and happens to be black. The cry of ‘racism’ is overused to such a degree that it’s become virtually without meaning.

    • Bukester

      UKEagle- I am from Philly, live in Denmark and read English footie quite often – so I have a handle on things to some extent. Europe is far worse than the US with systemic racism. Italy, Russia, England and German fans, for example, have shown to be far more brutal than anything you would hear complained in states. Not saying those countries are racist. Just saying that things happen in the stands that is WAY more offensive than the US. It just is. I think the difference is this – fans in Europe are much more likely to use whatever means necessary to create a reason to just slam an opponent (the opposition knows this) and, this is important, its mutually understood. Forget about the black/white dynamic – what about the Tottenham Hotspur Yid thingamajig? There are thousands of fans that embrace the jewishnish, thousands of nonfans who are astounded at the nonreaction and when the popular press tries to report it – they get is wrong (or right?).

      Its there to be talked about. There is an element of street cred on the side of the demeaned party. And last but not least – a mainstream reaction that needs to react mainstream-ly. There is something in play for everyone! Thats really the article that needs to be written dude. DeSean loves to talk and post pictures of himself doing gang signs. He NEEDS to deny it to get millions. Doesn’t that say it all? Its racism for sale! Why? It sells!!!!

      • UKEagle99

        I appreciate the response! You make some good points, some I agree others I don’t but that’s life! It’s currently 04:40 here so I’m off to bed but I hope we pick this up tomorrow. BTW I hope you find the Danes as amazing as I did!

        • Bukester

          I think I mistyped. By “systemic”, I meant in the stands – not everyday, everywhere. But it’s not family-friendly there in the stands and recent reports across Europe against black players hasn’t been a lonerloser, but a crowd. That’s what I meant. And that doesn’t happen in the states. We are every bit as racist, but it just doesn’t manifest itself in the same way.

  • JMC

    Ohh my god an article about an actual Eagles player. I thought this had became a bash the Eagles Desean Jackson love blog

  • EagleDuck

    I dunno… We can move on from DJax, but no Jake Knott?! ‘THE’ Jake Knott!? Now we’re in serious trouble as a franchise… At least for the first 4 games.

  • Mr. Magee

    He gone…