The NFL suspended Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib for four games on Saturday for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Talib, in a statement issued by the club, admitted to using Adderall without a prescription. He did not appeal the NFL's findings and will miss Sunday's game vs. Kansas City, as well as the next three games.
“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," Talib said. This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach (Greg) Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself.
"I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”
Said Schiano in a club-issued statement: "I have spoken with Aqib, and he knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down. Certainly, other players will have the opportunity to step up while he serves this suspension.”
Talib, the Buccaneers' starting left cornerback, is eligible to return after the Buccaneers' Week Nine game at Oakland. E.J. Biggers is listed as the top backup to Talib on the club's depth chart.
Talib, 26, has started all four games this season, notching 21 tackles and intercepting one pass. A first-round pick in the 2008 draft, Talib has recorded 18 interceptions in five seasons.