Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Robert Mathis has been suspended for the teams first four regular season games of the upcoming season.
Mathis has been found in violation of the league's policy on performance enhancing substances and has now been suspended without pay.
The Colts star has however laid the blame on his family doctor who prescribed medication and wrongfully told the Linebacker it would not violate the league's policy.
Losing Mathis is a gargantuan blow to the Indianapolis defence after he had 19.5 sacks last season.
Given that the teams first match in the upcoming season is a trip to the Super Bowl runner up Denver Broncos before welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles in week two, they will miss him from their defence.
Games against the Tennessee Titans and a trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars complete the games Mathis will miss but he will be eligible once again in time for the visit of the Baltimore Ravens.
Mathis is the second player this week to be suspended for violating the league's policy after St Louis Rams Wide Receiver Stedman Bailey faced the same punishment on Monday.
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