Sept. 30, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright (21) for a touchdown during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright will miss the next four games after being suspended by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Head coach Greg Schiano announced Wright's ban during his weekly press conference on Monday, with the suspension effective immediately. Wright will be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 24.
The sixth-year pro had appealed the penalty, which FoxSports.com originally reported was for use of the drug Adderall in late October, but lost his case.
One of several free agents signed by the Buccaneers during an extensive overhaul this past offseason, Wright started all 10 games he appeared in and compiled 39 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception he returned 60 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants back in Week 2.
Wright, who signed a five-year contract with Tampa Bay in March, has been slowed by an Achilles' injury recently and did not play in the Buccaneers' 24-23 loss to NFC South leader Atlanta on Sunday.
Undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson started in Wright's place against the Falcons and will likely continue in that role through the suspension.
Wright issued this statement:
"It was announced today by the NFL that I am being suspended for four games. This is a result of taking Adderall at the end of July for health issues I was experiencing. I am extremely disappointed that the suspension was upheld at my appeal.
"My agent and attorneys have only received this decision this afternoon and they will be discussing it with me in the immediate future. I apologize to the Glazer family, general manager Mark Dominik, coach Schiano and the entire Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, my teammates, our great fans and my family who have stood by me through this entire process. I will continue to prepare myself and look forward to rejoining the team.''
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