FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -The NFL will suspend New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison four games for violating its substance abuse policy, Harrison said Friday night.
``Tomorrow, the commissioner will announce that I've been suspended,'' a somber Harrison said in a hastily announced conference call.
Although the hard-hitting defensive back said he has never used steroids, ``I did admit to the commissioner that I did, in fact, use a banned substance.''
``My purpose was never to gain a competitive edge,'' he said. ``Rather, my use was to accelerate the process of reovering from injuries.''
The suspension was first reported by ESPN.com, which said Harrison admitted to federal investigators that he obtained human growth hormone. Harrison did not take questions about the details of the suspension.
ESPN said Harrison met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday. The league does not comment on suspensions for violation of its substance abuse policy.
Although the Patriots set up the conference call with Harrison, a spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the team.
Harrison's name came up in federal and New York state investigations into an Internet pharmaceutical distribution ring for steroids and other performance enhancers, ESPN reported.
Advertisement

Top NFL Public Bets

Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Chiefs vs. Steelers Pick The Steelers host the Chiefs at 8:30PM ET on Sunday night in a game that should fall under the total for bettors.
Thumbnail Rams vs. Cardinals Pick NFC West rivals clash in Arizona on Sunday in what should be a relatively low-scoring game between the Rams and Cardinals at 4:25PM ET.
Thumbnail Cowboys vs. 49ers Pick Can another big injury keep the Dallas Cowboysfrom being able to compete on offense with the San Francisco 49ers...
Thumbnail Broncos vs. Buccaneers Pick Will the Denver Broncos put on another offensive showcase this Sunday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:05PM...
Thumbnail Saints vs. Chargers Pick The Saints own the worst defense in the league but will the under still hit in San Diego when they visit the Chargers at 4:25PM ET on Sunday?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages