Faced with his team's growing list of violations on performance enhancing drugs, Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider went public with his disappointment on SiriusXM-NFL Radio, insisting the club has "gone above and beyond what the league has done," to educate players.
The latest suspension, against Bruce Irvin, gives the Seahawks five since 2010, the most of any NFL team in that time period.
Irvin's name joins the list of suspended Seahawks that includes Brandon Browner, Winston Guy, Allen Barbre and John Moffit for PED use under the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
And that list does not include cornerback Richard Sherman, who won an appeal against his suspension. Moffitt said he took Adderall, a psychostimulant prescribed for attention-deficit disorders, under a doctor's prescription without knowing he needed a special exemption from the NFL.
Schneider told hosts Bruce Murray and Rich Gannon that the Seahawks were working hard on the problem.
"This is something we take very seriously here," Schneider said. "The league has done a great job of educating guys and we've actually gone above and beyond what the league has done. We have a guy in place here that helps our player development people. You do what you can. It's very disappointing. (Coach) Pete (Carroll) and I sat down with Bruce. Pete addressed it with the team. Bruce addressed the team.
"And, you know, really good organizations are the organizations that can take body blows. We look at this as a learning opportunity and one that obviously needs to be addressed, but this is also an opportunity for others to step forward."
According to ESPN's Mike Sando, two other teams, the Broncos and Giants, have had four suspensions each, while the Patriots, Redskins, Bengals, Texans and Rams are tied for fourth with three each. With 50 total suspensions during that time frame, 22 teams have had at least one. Only the Bills, Lions, Jaguars, Colts, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles and 49ers have stayed off the board.