OXNARD, Calif. — Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick apologized and expressed remorse after being suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
He acknowledged the suspension stems from testing positive for amphetamines, the result of recreational drug use in April during a vacation in Mexico with his ex-girlfriend. He declined to specify the drug, but multiple reports said it was MDMA, also known as ecstasy or "Molly."
"I made a bad decision," Scandrick, 27, said Tuesday, hours after the league announced the suspension. "I'm responsible for what goes in my body. I know I'm responsible for what goes in my body. It's a very humbling experience. I'm very sorry. I apologize to the Jones family. I'm very sorry to my teammates. I'm very sorry to the fans of Cowboys nation, and I'm very sorry to my family."
While MDMA alone would be considered a drug of abuse but would not subject Scandrick to suspension as a first-time positive test, it sometimes contains amphetamine components, which fall under the league's PED policy and led to Scandrick's punishment.
He became the 21st player of 104 suspended for performance-enhancing drugs to test positive for MDMA.
Scandrick, a seven-year veteran out of Boise State who is coming off the best season of his career, tested positive in April and was informed on Monday the appeals process had been exhausted.
ailing hernanDez cousin sentenced: A cousin of ex-Patriot and former Gator tight end Aaron Hernandez was spared jail time only because of her advanced cancer, a judge said in sentencing her to two years of probation. Tanya Singleton, 38, pleaded guilty to refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the July 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd even though she had been granted immunity. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Lloyd and is being held without bail. He also has pleaded not guilty in the 2012 killings of two men in Boston.
blackouts: Ajit Pai called the NFL's TV blackout rules "outdated," and urged his fellow Federal Communications Commission representatives to vote in favor of having them repealed to address fan concerns. "Right now, the FCC is officially on the side of blackouts. We should be on the side of sports fans," Pai said. "The FCC shouldn't get involved in handing out special favors or picking winners and losers. And in my view, there is no reason for the FCC to be involved in the sports blackout business." Pai, one of five FCC commissioners, became the first to speak out in favor of eliminating the NFL policy the FCC instituted in 1975.
Broncos: Linebacker Danny Trevathan, the team's leading tackler, is out six to eight weeks after fracturing his left knee.
Browns: Rex Grossman, the Bears' top pick out of Florida in 2003, signed. Quarterback Tyler Thigpen was waived. Grossman, 33, is entering his 12th year. He hasn't played in the regular season since 2011.
Dolphins: Brady Quinn, the top pick by the Browns in 2007 out of Notre Dame, joined his seventh club and will compete for the backup job behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He last played Dec. 30, 2012, with Kansas City.
Jaguars: Running back Toby Gerhart got through practice without any setbacks. Gerhart missed nearly two weeks with a hip flexor injury. He last practiced July 31.
Seahawks: The team says accusations that running back Marshawn Lynch was involved in an assault and damage of personal property Sunday are "bogus." In a statement, the team said: "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus." Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said the team "can release whatever they want" but the investigation remains ongoing. He said the team is "cooperating" and has been "respectful of the process."
Texans: Ronnie Brown, 32, the No. 2 pick in 2005 by the Dolphins out of Auburn, has joined Houston in a reshuffling of its backfield behind Arian Foster.