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Chargers OL Max Tuerk suspended four games

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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