Another New York Giants secondary player will be forced to miss time. This time, however, the reasoning is not due to injury.
Second-year safety Tyler Sash was suspended Tuesday for testing positive to performance enhancing drugs, according to the Newark Star-Ledger’s Mike Garafolo.
Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for performance enhancing drugs.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 31, 2012
With this being Sash’s first violation, he will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Sash will be able to participate in practice and play in preseason games.
Sash made a statement regarding his statement, via Garafolo:
“I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor’s care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances,” Sash said. “I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do.”
The former Iowa Hawkeye attempted to appeal the suspension, but it has already been denied, according to his agent (via National Football Post).
Giants general manager Jerry Reese had already stirred rumors about the possibility of re-signing veteran safety Deon Grant during training camp. With Sash’s suspension, the idea of such an occurrence now appears much more possible.
Sash was expected to be Grant’s replacement as the Giants’ third safety after an impressive rookie campaign on special teams and in minor moments on defense.
Grant was a key component to the Giants’ title run in 2011. He was a vocal leader in the locker room and on the field, where he tallied 43 tackles while starring as a run stopper in defensive coordinator Perry Fewell’s three-safety packages.