Friday August 28th, 2015

Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle R.J. Dill has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's performance enhancing substances policy, the team announced Friday.

Shortly after the announcement, Dill released a statement through the NFLPA explaining the circumstances surrounding his suspension. Dill noted that in November 2014, when he was not actively pursuing an NFL career, he received testosterone replacement therapy in order to combat a dip in energy and activity levels. After completing one round of therapy, Dill noticed an improvement.

Two months later, Dill signed to a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys.

Six months after the treatment, Dill failed a drug test with the Cowboys due to residual amounts of testosterone left in his system, despite being told it would leave his body within eight weeks. Dill sought to secure a Therapeutic Use Exception for the NFL, but was denied because it was not an “extreme medical situation.”

“It is very difficult for me to accept that a suspension is imposed by the NFL after I followed treatment prescribed by a medical professional during a time when I was not employed by an NFL team.  In my view, this situation carries the weight of an unforgiving label, ‘cheater,’ which I am not. I live with integrity, on and off the field, and I want people to understand the factual circumstances of my suspension, so that they, and the NFL, understand that I never sought a competitive advantage,” Dill said.

Dill, 25, spent his college career playing at both Maryland and Rutgers. He redshirted as a freshman at Maryland and reportedly left the team on "bad terms" to finish his final eligible season at Rutgers. 

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