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RENTON Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season. Irvin violated the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. KJR s Dave Mahler reports the substance was Adderall.

Irvin will miss games against the Panthers, 49ers, Jaguars and Texans. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

Shortly after the announcement, Irvin released a statement:

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. 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.

Irvin was the Seahawks first pick in 2012, 15th overall out of West Virginia. He had 16 tackles and eight sacks in his rookie season.

This suspension becomes more substantial with Chris Clemons trying to return from knee surgery. It also makes the signings of Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett more important.

Irvin is the fifth Seahawk player since 2011 to be suspended for violating the league's PED policy. Allen Barbre, John Moffitt, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner are the others. Richard Sherman was also suspended, but it was overturned on appeal.

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