New York Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for permission to take certain medications," said Herman in a statement on Friday. "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, who is in second season with the club after spending all of last year on the practice squad, will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Friday, Sept. 26 following the team's Thursday night Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.