Just as it appeared Bucs' cornerback Aqib Talib has turned a corner in his life personally and professionally, the NFL announced on Saturday that Talib has violated the NFL's policy on substance enhancing medications and has been suspended for four games beginning Sunday against Kansas City.
Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been a model citizen for Tampa Bay since head coach Greg Schiano took over the program last January – or so it appeared.
The Buccaneers announced Saturday afternoon that Talib has been suspended four games for violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing substance policy.
Talib issued a statement through the team early Saturday afternoon confirming he tested positive for the drug Adderall.
"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” Talib said. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano's help, I've worked very hard to improve myself – professionally and personally – as a player and a man.
“I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I'm disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately."
Schiano commented on the Talib suspension.
"We are disappointed to learn that Aqib Talib will be suspended for four games, which will begin with our game tomorrow against Kansas City,” Schiano said. “I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down. Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension."
On the season, Talib has 21 tackles, seven pass break ups and one interception.
Talib's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Buccaneers' active roster on Monday, November 5 following the team's November 4 game against the Oakland Raiders.
The former Kansas Jayhawk is in a contract year and this latest black mark could have a bearing on the Buccaneers decision to re-sign the troubled cornerback. This also marks the second time Talib has been suspended by the NFL. Talib missed the season-opener of the 2010 season following his arrest for an altercation with a cab driver.
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