The NFL announced that it has given Jets LB Calvin Pace a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Pace, who ranked second on the Jets with seven sacks last season, said in a statement released by the team that a supplement was to blame for a positive drug test.
“This is a situation that resulted from an over-the-counter dietary supplement that contained a substance that I did not know violated the league’s policy,” Pace said. “I am responsible for what I put into my body, and I should have paid closer attention to the league’s guidelines. I regret that this has happened and apologize to my teammates, the entire Jets organization as well as the fans. Hopefully, this does not distract from our ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl.”
Pace is eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Monday, Oct. 5, after the team’s Oct. 4 game against the Saints. Pace can participate in all preseason practices and games.
Pace joined the Jets last year, after he spent five seasons with the Cardinals, and started in all 16 games. He had 80 tackles and forced a team-high-tying five fumbles.