Jernigan and Amukamara – Photo by US Presswire
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Tyler Sash Suspended for Four Games: Safety Tyler Sash has been suspended for four games by the NFL for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
“I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year,” said Sash in a statement. “The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances. “I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do. I am highly disappointed by the league’s decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field. From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body. Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure.”
“I am extremely disappointed with the league’s ruling pertaining to Tyler Sash’s suspension for testing positive for Adderall,” said Sash’s agent. “As the policy stands right now there is little or no latitude for the league to interpret special circumstances as there was in this case and apply common sense for the obvious pure intentions of Tyler’s need for medical care. It is obvious from the timing of the positive test that Tyler’s intent was not to gain any advantage of performance enhancement as there are zero physical or competitive requirements of him for anything during the month of March. Unfortunately, like many NFL players have experienced, the appeal process is usually an exercise in futility. After a passionate explanation during the appeal of the circumstances involved, the NFL ultimately denied the appeal. This is a young man who has done everything right, and who had never failed a test for any illegal substance or performance enhancing substance in his career, including college. He has been a good citizen, a good teammate, and has never troubled anyone. For players who came into the league in a lockout year and were rushed through the process of being prepared to play, in my eyes were at a distinct disadvantage to the educational process offered to rookies about the protocol for obtaining exemptions for specific prescriptions.”
HB Andre Brown was also suspended by the NFL for four games earlier this year for using Adderall, but that suspension was later overturned. According to The Daily News, Sash also appealed his suspension but lost.
Injury Update – Boley is Fine: Tests on LB Michael Boley‘s sore hamstring showed no serious injury. It is not known yet when Boley will return to practice however.
CB Terrell Thomas, who may have partially re-tore his twice-torn ACL, is in California to visit with the doctor who repaired his knee last year.
Giants.com Q&A With WR Jerrel Jernigan: The video of a Q&A session with WR Jerrel Jernigan is available at Giants.com.
Sights and Sounds from Training Camp: A video of sights and sounds from Giants’ training camp is available at Giants.com.
Article on the Giants’ Cornerback Situation: Plan B: Thomas Contingency Options by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com
Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Extent of Ligament Damage the Key for Terrell Thomas by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Giants Hope Their Prince is Ready by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com
Article on S Deon Grant: Former Giants Safety Deon Grant Advised Terrell Thomas to Take It Slow by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger
Article on OG Chris Snee: Chris Snee Looking to Rebound from “Off” Year by Patricia Traina of InsideFootball.com
New History of Giants DVD Available in BBI Store: A new “Complete History of the New York Giants” on DVD is being released by NFL Films and Vivendi Entertainment on August 21. Pre-order your copy now in the BBI Store (Amazon.com).
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