Aqib Talib of Buccaneers suspended four games for Adderall use

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Saturday.

Talib will begin serving his suspension immediately and is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Nov. 4.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for Adderall. (Kim Klement/US Presswire)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games by the NFL for testing positive for Adderall. (Kim Klement/US Presswire)

Talib released a statement saying his suspension was a result of testing positive for Adderall. He doesn't plan on appealing the punishment.

"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," Talib's statement read. "This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach 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."

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano said he was "disappointed" to learn of Talib's suspension.

The Buccaneers placed Talib on the reserve/suspended list and promoted defensive end Markus White to the 53-man roster from the team's practice squad. E.J. Biggers replaced Talib in Tampa Bay's starting lineup.

It's the second suspension of Talib's NFL career. He also was suspended without pay for the 2010 regular-season opener and also fined one additional game check for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy. That discipline stemmed from an altercation with a St. Petersburg cab driver during training camp in August 2009.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.