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Eagles LB Knott Suspended For Banned Substance Violation

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 09: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as Jake Knott #54 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 09: LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as Jake Knott #54 of the Philadelphia Eagles defends on August 9, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Eagles linebacker Jake Knott has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season due to violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the team announced.

Knott will be able to participate in all offseason practices, and preseason games.

“We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension. We have spoken to Jake and he is fully aware of the mistake he made and owned it. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season,” the team said in a statement.

“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements,” Knott said in statement.  “Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility. I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

Knott joined the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

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