TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL policy on performing-enhancing substances.
The league announced Tuesday that the second-year pro who's primarily served as the Bucs' nickel back this season will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 19, the day after Tampa Bay visits the Dallas Cowboys.
Adjei-Barimah was an undrafted college free agent out of Bowling Green, who started seven of 13 games he appeared in as a rookie in 2015. He's started one of 10 games this season and has 22 tackles and two sacks.
''I take a lot of pride in the hard work and dedication that I put in all year in preparation for each season and that is why this situation is so difficult for me personally,'' Adjei-Barimah said in a statement released by the Bucs.
''As a member of this team, it is very disappointing to have to miss the next four games and not be out there battling with my teammates as we go down the stretch,'' the 24-year-old added.
''I apologize to my family, the Bucs organization, my teammates, as well as the fans for this situation. I promise to stay focused and be ready for the last two games of the regular season.''
Meanwhile, the Bucs said offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk has been placed on injured reserve after being hurt during Sunday's 19-17 road win at Kansas City. Offensive lineman Josh Allen and cornerback Javien Elliott were promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
The team also signed offensive lineman Mike Liedtke, cornerback Cody Riggs and wide receiver Myles White to the practice squad. Running back Russell Hansbrough was released from the practice squad.
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