Chiefs lineman Donald Stephenson suspended for four games - KCTV5

Chiefs lineman Donald Stephenson suspended for four games

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The NFL has suspended Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson for using a banned performance enhancing drug.

The NFL notified the Chiefs and Stephenson, the starting right tackle, about the four-game suspension Friday morning.

"Obviously losing Donald is disappointing but we are in full compliance with the league's policy. We will have no further comment on the situation," the Chiefs said in a statement. Stephenson is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

The star player was contrite in a statement issued by his agent.

"I'm extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFLPA, or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption. The rules are strict, and without a TUE, the consequence is a four-game suspension. I apologize to the (Chiefs owner) Hunt family, (general manager) John Dorsey, Coach (Andy) Reid and his staff, my teammates, and our awesome Chiefs fans," the statement said. "It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team, and I will be ready to contribute to my team's effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return."

Stephenson can return to the roster on Sept. 30, which is the day after the Chiefs play the Patriots on Monday night football. The team will already start the regular season without star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who was suspended for one game after marijuana was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

"You have to play Tennessee now without Dwayne Bowe and Donald Stephenson," Jay Binkley of 610 Sports Talk Radio said. "And oh, by the way, you have Denver, Miami and New England in your first four games. It's a huge loss."

However, some Chiefs fans believe the team can still win without two of their best players.

"It's the beginning of the season so I feel like we can overcome and adapt," said Sarah Bohlman, a fan from Lee's Summit.

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