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New York Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). If Herman makes the team, he will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on September 26. Between now and the start of the regular-season, Herman can continue to practice with the team and play in the preseason.
“The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for permission to take certain medications,” said Herman in a prepared statement. “I have a TUE for one medication, but not another stimulant that treats the same condition. Unfortunately, a stimulant for which I don’t have a TUE was in my body, and the rules are very strict, so I am taking responsibility and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and the club. This won’t happen again, and I will spend the four weeks working hard to be ready to return to work.”
Herman was drafted as a guard in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent most of 2013 season on the Practice Squad before being activated to the 53-man roster in late December. The Giants shifted him from guard to center this offseason.
Over the course of the last few years, a number of Giants have been suspended by the NFL for violating various drug policies including safety Will Hill (three times, causing his release from the team this offseason), cornerback Jayron Hosley (suspended for four games this upcoming season), safety Tyler Sash (2012), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (2011), and wide receiver Brandon Collins (2013). Running back Andre Brown was also suspended but won his appeal (2012).