Updated: Pace suspended for four games
Calvin Pace has been suspended for the first four Jets games of the season for failing the NFL’s policy against performance enhancing substances. The outside linebacker issued a statement through the Jets saying that he was unaware that he’d ingested a banned substance.
“This is a situation that resulted from an over-the-counter dietary supplement that contained a substance that I did not know violated the League’s policy,” Pace’s statement reads. “I am responsible for what I put into my body and I should have paid closer attention to the League’s guidelines. I regret that this has happened and apologize to my teammates, the entire Jets organization as well as the fans. Hopefully, this does not distract from our ultimate goal of winning the Super Bowl.”
The Jets issued this statement.
“We respect the League’s decision and look forward to Calvin’s return for our Monday Night game at Miami.”
Pace has been a huge part of the Jets defense in the year since he joined the team. Last season Pace had 67 combined tackles, 37 solo and seven sacks for a loss of 44.5 yards. He will be eligible to play again on Oct. 5, but will be eligible for all preseason games and practices.
Last year Pace earned $12M last season after Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum signed him as a free agent from Arizona. Only quarterback Brett Favre was as well compensated. Pace will lose salary for the four games he misses.
Updated: Here is a link to Calvin Pace’s blog. This is the first post he’s made on this blog so I’m going to double check that it’s really him.