The National Football League suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie fullback Rick Razzano without pay for the next four regular season games for violating the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.
Razzano, who entered the league in April as a seventh-round draft pick out of Ole Miss, released a statement regarding his suspension.
"Before becoming a member of the Buccaneers, while training, I used a substance which has been tested and found to be in violation of the league policy," Razzano said. "I take full responsibility for my mistake and encourage all athletes to be fully aware of all substances which may be prohibited by the NCAA or their respective sports and leagues. I apologize to my family, my coaches, teammates, the ownership and Buccaneer fans for the embarrassment and distraction I have caused. Let my experience be a further lesson for all."
Razzano is eligible to return to Tampa Bay's active roster on Oct. 10, which is one day after the Bucs will have played the New York Jets.
The vacancy left by Razzano on Tampa Bay's 53-man roster was quickly filled by safety Kalvin Pearson, who was promoted from the Bucs' practice squad on Friday afternoon.
JAY GRUDEN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DUI
For the second time this week, a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization has been arrested for driving under the influence.
Bucs offensive assistant coach Jay Gruden, who is the younger brother of head coach Jon Gruden, was arrested Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence.
Jay Gruden, 38, who is also the Orlando Predators head coach, was arrested at 2:25 a.m. at the corner of Busch Blvd. and Linebaugh Ave. in Tampa after blowing a .106 on a Breathalyzer test. He was booked at Orient Road Jail at 4:35 a.m. and posted $500 bail later that morning.
Tampa Bay cornerback Torrie Cox was arrested Tuesday and charged with DUI. It was the second time he was arrested for suspicion of DUI in less than one year.
Cox was arrested again on Thursday after it was determined that he had violated his probation for the first DUI incident, which resulted in the 24-year-old cornerback pleading guilty to a lesser reckless driving charge.
The Bucs announced Thursday that Cox would be benched for at least one game. Jay Gruden's role in Tampa Bay's game against the Buffalo Bills will be decided sometime between now and Sunday.
FANS SHOULD ARRIVE EARLY AT RAY-JAY
Fans attending the Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers contest on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium are encouraged to arrive early as they should expect to be searched and/or patted down as part of the NFL-mandated security measure at all NFL stadiums.
The game kicks off at 1:00 p.m., and gates open at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Fans with questions or concerns regarding this policy can contact the Bucs ticket office at (813) 879-BUCS(2827).
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