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                 === Seahawks DE Irvin suspended four games ===
 
 New York, NY (Sports Network) - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has
 been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season
 for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
 
 Irvin  will  be eligible to  return to the  Seahawks' active roster on Monday,
 September  30 following  the  team's  September 29  game  against the  Houston
 Texans. He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
 
 The  West  Virginia product had  16 tackles  and eight sacks  in 16 games as a
 rookie last season.
 
 "I  want to apologize  to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a
 mistake  when I  took a  substance that  is prohibited  in the  NFL without  a
 medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in
 the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will
 not  appeal  the discipline and instead  will focus my energy on preparing for
 the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward
 to contributing to the team the moment I return."
 
 
 05/17 16:41:53 ET