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Chargers OL Max Tuerk suspended four games

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Chargers offensive lineman Max Tuerk has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced.

"This offseason, I made the mistake of taking over-the-counter supplements," Tuerk said in a statement, via the team website. "In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement -- something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance. I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL's policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again."

Tuerk was a third-round pick by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft, but didn't play in any games his rookie season. Now, he has to wait until after the team's Oct. 1 game against the Eagles to play in his first career NFL game.

"We respect and support the League's decision on this matter," the team said in a statement. "While disappointed, we appreciate that Max has accepted responsibility and are confident that he understands what is expected from him moving forward."

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