Former Iowa and current New Your Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Sash will be suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games. Because the test was conducted before training camp, Sash will be allowed to engage in all preseason activities.
Sash is scheduled to earn $465,000 from the Giants this season. A four-game suspension without pay will cost him $116,250.
"I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances," Sash said in a statement. "I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do.
"I am highly disappointed by the league's decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field."
Sash, a sixth-round pick last year, appeared in all 20 of the team's games as a rookie. He was a key special-teams contributor. In the Giants' playoff victory over San Francisco, he delivered a big hit on returner Kyle Williams before Williams fumbled in overtime to set up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal.
Sash, 24, had 17 tackles last season, his first in the NFL. He can play against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 7.
"From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body," Sash said in his statement. "Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure."
Sash, an Oskaloose native, finished his three-year Iowa career with 217 tackles, 13 interceptions and 11.5 tackles for loss. He left Iowa with a year of eligibility remaining after the 2010 season.He is in the second year of a three-year contract with the Giants. He's slated to earn $555,000 in 2013 and $645,000 in '14. His signing bonus was $330,000.