Copeland posted on Instagram that a supplement he took "was contaminated with a banned substance."

By Alaa Abdeldaiem
August 21, 2019

Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland has been suspended without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced on Wednesday.

Copeland, who re-signed with the Jets this offseason after a strong 2018 performance, will be eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 7, which is one day after the team's Week 5 contest against the Eagles. Copeland is allowed to practice and play in the final two preseason games.

Copeland's suspension hurts a position that was already without projected starter Avery Williamson, who tore his ACL in the Jets' second preseason game.

The 28-year-old posted a statement on Instagram in light of the news.

"I’ve spent the better part of 28 years building and working on my legacy. This offseason, I began taking a supplement AFTER multiple verifications that it was safe for me to use. Unfortunately, this supplement was contaminated with a banned substance - NOT on its label," Copeland wrote. "I trust that the ppl who know my heart understand that I would never intentionally take a banned substance."

View this post on Instagram

God’s Plan > My Plan I’ve spent the better part of 28 years building and working on my legacy. This offseason, I began taking a supplement AFTER multiple verifications that it was safe for me to use. Unfortunately, this supplement was contaminated with a banned substance - NOT on its label. Regardless of the reason, League policy says I am responsible for what is in my body. I’ve had a roller coaster ride of a career and all of my previous test results have been negative. I trust that the ppl who know my heart understand that I would never intentionally take a banned substance. To be quite honest, Im very fond of hard work and wouldn’t want success with the artificial help. Having to be away from my dream for something that was beyond my control will be tough for me however in similar fashion to how I handle other obstacles in my life I will approach this one with a “WATCH WHAT I DO WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY” mentality because my life dreams/missions still continue. Although I can NEVER make up for time loss on the field and away from my teammates who have become family, my team and I will be taking the necessary steps to rectify this situation to the fullest extent of the law. Understanding that God does not make mistakes, I will take this opportunity to thank Him for my blessings - the good, the bad and of course, the ugly. This is simply a chapter in my journey that is still being written. And as always, never let the obstacle become bigger than the OPPORTUNITY 🙏🏽

A post shared by Brandon Copeland (@bcope51) on

Copeland finished the 2018 season with 24 solo tackles and a career-high five sacks before signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal in March.

He joins tight end Chris Herndon on the suspended list to start the season for the Jets.

You May Like

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)