Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Statement from Kenneth Dixon:
"I want to apologize to the Ravens organization, my coaches, teammates and fans. Being an NFL player is a privilege that comes with many responsibilities, including knowing the contents of any and all foods and supplements put in your body. I mistakenly took a substance without the proper NFL medical exemption, and while it was unintentional, I accept full responsibility for my actions and their consequences. I am truly sorry for the mistake I made and the distraction it causes. Moving forward, I remain committed to focusing on my offseason training, conditioning and game preparation so I can be an immediate impact player for the Ravens when my suspension is over."
Statement from Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome:
"While we are disappointed in the mistake Kenneth made, we appreciate the fact that he has assumed responsibility for his actions. Kenneth is a good person, but he must learn from this and take the proper steps to rebuild trust within the organization, especially with his coaches and teammates."
Statement by an NFL spokesperson:
"Kenneth Dixon of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances."
Dixon is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
[Note: The NFL policy on performance enhancing substances is posted on nflcommunications.com. After logging in, click on "About NFL" from the homepage and then "NFL Policies."]