CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals general manager Paul Brown said Friday the two players suspended for drug use had not only hurt themselves, but also their teammates.
'These people obviously don't have much feeling for their teammates or their team,' said Brown. 'Coming as this does, just a few days before our first game, is very upsetting.
'This is very disappointing,' added Brown. 'It's ridiculous and I don't accept it.'
Bengals' linebacker Emanuel King and cornerback Daryl Smith were suspended Thursday by the NFL for at least four games because of drug use. Club management determines if suspended players continue receiving their salaries and the Bengals decided not to pay King and Smith during their suspensions.
Missing at least four of this season's 16 games means both will lose at least 25 percent of their annual salary. King, who makes about $225,000, will lose about $56,000. Smith, who makes about $70,000, will lose about $17,000.
Bengals' head coach Sam Wyche said the two players were 'truly upset and regretful.'
'The test results indicate that they are not heavily addicted to anything,' said Wyche. 'The results were only slightly positive, but they were positive, and they have to face the consequences.'
However, NFL officials said it was the second time that both had flunked a drug test.
No public announcement is required for a first finding of drug use and no suspension is required. On a second offense, a 30-day suspension is usually given. A third offense calls for a lifetime suspension, although after a year a player can petition for reinstatement.
'They are both Step Two,' NFL spokesman Joe Browne said of King and Smith. 'This is the second test that each one of them has failed.'
King, who played at the University of Alabama, was a first round draft choice in 1985 and was scheduled to be a starter this season for the third straight year.
Leon White is expected to replace King in the starting lineup. To fill the vacant backup post, the Bengals on Friday re-signed Tim Inglis, who had been cut on Monday.
Smith, a second-year pro from North Alabama, is a reserve cornerback.