Another year, another Seahawk suspended for Adderall
Irvin was reprimanded for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The Seahawks defensive end appeared remorseful for his actions statement released by the team on Friday, and had no plans of appealing his suspension.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption,” said Irvin. “I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions.”
“I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again,” continued the statement. “I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return.”
Irvin is coming off on the heels of a 2012 season in which he lead all NFL rookies with eight sacks and was second on the team behind Chris Clemons who had 11.5 sacks last season. The 26-year-old also started at one of the pass rusher spots during the Seahawks’ 30-28 NFC playoffs win against the Atlanta Falcons last January, after Clemons went down with a torn ACL in the team’s Wild Card Round game against the Redskins a week earlier.
The Seahawk’s 15th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Irvin was expected to take on more responsibility this year with Clemons not expected to return from the ACL injury for at least the first month of the 2013 regular season. Instead Irvin will end up missing end up missing the Seahawks’ first four games – including the trip to Carolina, hosting the 49ers followed by a home game against the Jaguars, and traveling to Houston in Week 4.
Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks’ active roster on Sep. 30, just a day after their game against the Texans.
Suddenly the Seahawk’s pass-rushers in bulk this offseason doesn’t seem like a luxury any more. Irvin’s suspension puts pressure on Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who were signed as free agents this offseason, to quickly adapt to the new scheme, although the Seahawks gave up the least points in the NFL last season.
Later Friday, Irvin issued a second statement via Twitter, indicating the team and himself were aware of the looming suspension. Irvin also acknowledged that he let a lot of people and himself down with his actions.
“I messed up and I feel so bad and have been depressed for weeks now,” said Irvin. “I’ve had sleepless nights because I knew when this came out, I would let so many people down, including myself. I have worked so hard to rebuild my image and it takes another blow.”