Falcons OL Joe Hawley was suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Hawley’s suspension begins immediately and he can return to the team’s active roster on Monday, Dec. 17.
The third-year pro has appeared in six games this season in a reserve role. He played in every game with 12 starts in 2011.
Kevin Omell released the following statement via the NFLPA on behalf of Hawley:
"In September, Joe Hawley made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill. He did not file the paperwork to apply for an exemption for this medication, and now understands that the NFL/NFLPA drug policies have strict rules.
"He is sincerely sorry to his teammates, coaches and Falcons fans for the consequences of this oversight. Joe will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the team continue the success they've achieved thus far this season. He has chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation which is why he will not exercise his appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately."
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