American Football - Key Chiefs blocker Stephenson gets four-game ban

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American Football - Key Chiefs blocker Stephenson gets four-game ban
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners passes the ball as Jesse Joseph #91 of the Connecticut Huskies rushes in past Donald Stephenson #59 of the Sooners in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Christian Petersen)

- Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended Friday by the National Football League for the first four games of the upcoming season for a performance-enhancing substances violation.

Stephenson, who has not missed a game for the Chiefs since being taken by the club in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, blamed his lack of a theraputic-use exemption for the violation without revealing the substance involved.

"I'm extremely sorry that I failed to check with the NFL, NFL Players Association or Chiefs medical team before I took a medication that requires a therapeutic use exemption," Stephenson said in an apology statement.

"It is not a mistake I will ever make again. I will train extremely hard during my time away from the team and I will be ready to contribute to my team's effort to win a Super Bowl as soon as I return."


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