Giants safety Tyler Sash said he didn't know the prescription drug Adderall was banned by the NFL, but said he's prepared to own up to the mistake and serve the four-game suspension levied by the league after his appeal was denied.
"I just put something in my body that I had a prescription from my doctor for. But I am a professional and I need to handle myself in a professional manner, meaning I need to know all the rules," said Sash. "I just have to look at the positives, like the fact that I'm still on the team. I'm still going to practice and go through with all the preseason games. I'm excited about that."
Sash said he took the drug under a doctor's orders for an anxiety condition. Several NFL players including Packers defensive end Mike Neal, Titans fullback Ahmard Hall, Saints kicker Garrett Hartley and Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick have been suspended in recent years for using the same drug.
Giants teammate Andre Brown won his appeal of a suspension based on having a prescription, but Sash declined to speculate on why his case differed in the eyes of the NFL.
"My whole life I've felt like I've gone down the right path and now I've just hit a little bump in the road," said Sash. "Right now, I've got to handle my responsibility and be more informed next time."
Sash first learned of the pending suspension in April, and believes that not handing his prescription over to the NFL from the very beginning might have led to the appeal being denied.
"I'm going to stay mentally in tune and physically in tune," said Sash. "I'll be trying to keep my body in the best condition that it can be and continue to train. It's going to be tough watching my teammates for the first four weeks but I'm still with them during camp and the preseason. I'm going to contribute as much as I can during that time."