NFL suspends Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson over performance-enhancing drug

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Donald Stephenson, offensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs, received a four-game suspension from the NFL on Friday.

The suspension is a result of violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

The starter is eligible to participate in all off-season and preseason practices and games, but is suspended from four regular season games.

The Chiefs released a brief statement:

“This morning the NFL notified the team of Donald Stephenson’s four-game suspension. Obviously losing Donald is disappointing, but we are in full compliance with the league’s policy. We will have no further comment on the situation.”

The NFL statement says:

“Donald Stephenson of the Kansas City Chiefs has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.”

Stephenson issued an apology through his agent:

“I apologize to the Hunt family, John Dorsey, Coach Reid and his staff, my teammates, and our awesome Chiefs fans. It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team, and I will be ready to contribute to my team’s effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return.”

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