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Giants’ Eric Herman Suspended 4 Games for Violating NFL’s Performance-Enhancing Drugs Policy

August 8th, 2014 at 1:15 PM
By Dan Benton

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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4 Responses to “Giants’ Eric Herman Suspended 4 Games for Violating NFL’s Performance-Enhancing Drugs Policy”

  1.  BillyS says:

    All of these players always have some sort of “condition” and excuse. If he could bother to go through the act of getting 1 “medication” checked then it wouldn’t be hard to get the other as well. Just another player trying to get around the rules and making up bogus excuses; just be honest and say you were trying to get a leg up on the competition instead of this. I was excited when we drafted him and actually thought he had a chance to make the team as a backup guy, but I don’t see that now that he’ll be gone for 4 games.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Another reason to keep 8 OL. With Snee retiring and Herman’s suspension it seems that we are lowering the quality of our 9th OL to a point it makes sense keeping talent at other positions like DB, WR or DT. Our projected 3 backups are extremely versitle so we have legit backs for every position even with keeping only 8 OL. There’s no OL that’s 30. Plus now we have Herman who’s save from being signed by another team while on suspension. When he comes off of suspension we can then make the decision to add him, sign him to PS or let him go period. I know we can keep Brewer but it seems like while he’s versatile he doesn’t play any position at a high enough level.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Like Hosley’s suspension, this is definitely a BID. Allows us to stash two reserves away for a month and call on them if we need them because of any injuries.

    I still think we carry nine offensive linemen and think Brewer now makes the roster and gets a last chance to prove himself in practices because he’s unlikely to dress for games. He actually did a semi-respectable job last season when brought in as an extra blocker outside the tackles. I don’t think he’s looked very good at anything else, but there is at least that.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I think the commitment of the NFL to enforce the 5-yard rule against defensive backs should work very much in the Giants’ favor. Why? Because we have some very elusive receivers (Cruz, Beckham, Manningham, Jernigan) who can really take advantage of that rule in this system, and we have two outside corners who have never been “handsy” (DRC and Prince) and another in Thurmond who has always used a quick punch right off the LOS to disrupt receivers and is very strong and very good at it.

    Now if we can only teach our offensive linemen to hold when they can get away with it just as do our opponents when slowing down our pass rush……

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