By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:15 PM EDT, October 13, 2012
The NFL has suspended starting Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib without pay for the next four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
The suspension begins immediately, meaning he won't play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Talib acknowledged taking Adderall without a prescripton.
"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," Talib said in a statement. 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."
Talib is out for the Buccaneers' games against the Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders and is eligible to return Nov. 5.
"We are disappointed to learn that Aqib Talib will be suspended for four games," Buccaneers coach Greg 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.
Talib pledged to remain prepared for when he returns.
"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," Talib said. "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."