Out for the year after suffering a knee injury against Baltimore a month ago, Seattle Seahawks rookie offensive guard John Moffitt received some more bad news this week.
The team announced Tuesday that Moffitt has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Moffitt’s suspension begins immediately. Per league policy, players on injured reserve who are suspended under the drug, steroid or personal conduct policies may serve those suspensions while they are on injured reserve.
According to Moffitt’s agent, Michael George, his client was suspended for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity. He said Moffitt failed to get clearance from the league before taking the drug.
Because Moffitt is on the injured-reserve list, he is essentially being docked four weeks pay, about $94,000.
“The league’s doing their work and I can’t say anything about it,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said about Moffitt’s suspension.
Moffitt started in nine games for the Seahawks at right guard this season.
He’s the first Seattle player to be suspended this season. The last Seahawks player suspended by the league was linebacker Leroy Hill, who was docked two game checks last year while on the injured reserve for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, stemming from domestic assault charges in 2010.