August 22, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Chargers center Max Tuerk was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Tuerk won't be eligible to return to the Chargers' active roster until Oct. 2, the day after the Chargers' Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He can participate in all preseason practices and games.

Tuerk was a third-round pick in 2016 out of USC but has yet to play a regular-season game with the Chargers.

Tuerk said in a statement issued through the team that he had taken over the counter supplements during the offseason.

''In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement - something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance,'' he said. ''I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL's policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again.''

The Chargers said the team supports the NFL's decision and is confident Tuerk understands what's expected of him going forward.

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