Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Colvin was among four NFL players suspended on Friday for the first four games of the 2016 season for doping violations.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins, Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson and Tennessee Titans receiver Andrew Turzilli were also suspended without pay for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.
Colvin, entering his third season, is coming off a solid season in which he recorded 73 tackles and four sacks.
“I made a mistake and I will take responsibility for it,” Colvin said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I apologize to my family, the Jaguars’ organization, especially my coaches and teammates, as well as Jaguars fans who have been supportive of me since I was drafted here in 2014.
“I will grow from this. I will be a better man and player from this. I will not let this define me and I will overcome this. Thank you.”
Collins started two games last season as a rookie, and Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said the Falcons were “disappointed” to learn of the suspension.
“I have already spoken to Jalen about this, and I have no doubt this will be something that he will learn from,” Quinn said.
Goodson is a backup on the Packers’ defense, while Turzilli caught two passes for the Titans as a rookie last season.