New York Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman will join a long list of Giants who have recently been suspended for one reason or another, as he's now been hit with a four-game ban for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
"The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for permission to take certain medications. I have a TUE for one medication, but not another stimulant that treats the same condition. Unfortunately, a stimulant for which I don’t have a TUE was in my body, and the rules are very strict, so I am taking responsibility and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and the club. This won’t happen again, and I will spend the four weeks working hard to be ready to return to work," Herman said in a statement released via Giants.com.
Herman will join cornerback Jayron Hosley as the other Giant current facing a four-game suspension to start the 2014 regular season, as Hosley was previously hit with a four-game ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Going back a few seasons, the Giants have seen a number of other players hit with various bans, including running back Andre Brown, safety Tyler Sash and safety Will Hill for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. In each case, the suspensions were blamed on the use of Adderall and the improper filing of league-mandated paperwork. Of the group, only Brown was able to win his appeal with the league.
Hill, of course, was also hit with other bans, including two violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. It subsequently led to his release from Giants.
In addition to those names, former wide receiver Brandon Collins was also suspended last season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He was later released.
Both Hosley and Herman could be placed on the reserve/suspended list to start the regular, leaving the Giants the option of stash each away in the event of other injuries as neither will count against the 53-man roster during their respective suspensions.
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