Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs, the NFL announced on Friday. Irvin can return to the active roster on September 30 and could return to the lineup for the Seahawks Week 5 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Seahawks selected Irvin with the 15th pick out of West Virginia in the 2012 NFL Draft. Irvin recorded 10 tackles, eight sacks and forced a fumble during his rookie year in Seattle.
Irvin released a statement about his suspension for violating the NFL's policy.
"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."