Chicago Bears backup tight end Gabe Miller was suspended without pay for four regular-season games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Miller will be allowed by participate in the team's offseason and preseason practices and games but no team activities during the first four weeks of the regular season. He was with the Bears for their organized team workout on Tuesday.
"I would like to apologize to the entire Bears organization as well as our fans for taking a substance during the offseason that is prohibited by the NFL without a medical exemption," Miller said in a statement. "While it was an isolated incident, I regret the poor judgment I showed and accept full responsibility for this mistake along with the punishment that comes with it.
"n the meantime, I will continue to work hard and contribute in any way I can. I look forward to having the opportunity to make this up to the people that I have disappointed."
Miller will be eligible to rejoin the active roster on Sept. 30 provided that he makes the team out of training camp.