Raiders’ Gerald McCoy suspended 6-games for substance abuse

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Gerald McCoy will miss the rest of the season. He suffered a season-ending injury in the team’s Week 1 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

McCoy was hit with a 6-game suspension by the league on Wednesday. He violated the league’s substance-abuse policy.

Gerald McCoy being carted off the field (Photo by Getty Images)

He claims that he was prescribed a substance that was banned by the league. With McCoy already out for the season, the NFL said that he can serve the suspension while being on the injured list.

“I love the game of football and have nothing but respect for the players, fans, and this league,” McCoy said in his statement posted to Twitter. “I’ve given my all to this game and worked my entire career to compete, train, and rehabilitate at a high level with integrity.

“It is with great disappointment that I recently learned I tested positive for a banned substance. … In no way would I ever intentionally take anything to help with performance or gain a competitive advantage. This was an honest mistake, but it’s something I take full responsibility for. I apologize to my family, the NFL, my teammates, and the fans and ask humbly for your forgiveness.”

McCoy signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in the off-season. This is the second straight season that he missed being on the field due to season-ending injuries.

Last season, an injury cost him playing time in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys. He did not see a single snap with the team.

With the Raiders, he appeared in nine snaps against the Ravens before being lost with the injury.

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In his career, he has appeared in 140 games, including 139 starts. He has played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and the Raiders.

He has had 59.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, and 24 pass deflections.

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