Aug. 22 (UPI) — The NFL has suspended Los Angeles Chargers center Max Tuerk for violating its policy on performance enhancing substances.
Tuerk will sit out the team’s first four games of the 2017 season as a result of the ban, according to the Chargers. He will not be paid during the suspension. Tuerk can return to the Chargers’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 2, a day after the Chargers battle the Philadelphia Eagles. He can still participate in preseason practices and games.
“This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements,” Tuerk said in a statement released by the team.
“In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement – something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL’s policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again.”
Tuerk, 23, joined the Chargers after being picked in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was not active for any of the Chargers’ games last season.
“We respect and support the League’s decision on this matter,” the Chargers said in a statement. “While disappointed, we appreciate that Max has accepted responsibility and are confident that he understands what is expected from him moving forward.”
Chargers defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi was also recently suspended for four games for violating the same policy. He has one game remaining on that league ban from last season.
Spencer Pulley is expected to be the Chargers’ starting center. Matt Slauson started all 16 games at the position last season for the franchise. After the season-ending injury to Forrest Lamp, Slauson is expected to move over to guard.