Former Iowa State linebacker Jake Knott has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2014 regular season.
Knott, who was a first-team All Big 12 linebacker for the Cyclones in 2012, recorded six tackles in 12 games last season for the Philadelphia Eagles, released the following statement: "Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility. I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team."
According to the Eagles official team website, Knott is still eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The Eagles statement on the manner can be read here: "We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension. We have spoken to Jake and he is fully aware of the mistake he made and owned it. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season."
Knott exchanged text messages with CycloneFanatic.com on Friday afternoon but said that he could not go on the record at this time.