Knott Suspended Four Games For PED Use

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.