The Eagles proved this week they weren’t tolerating bad behavior from stars. Let’s see how they handle a fringe player.
The Eagles announced Friday that linebacker Jake Knott would be suspended without pay for the first four weeks of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The former undrafted rookie out of Iowa State played in 12 games last year, mostly on special teams.
He’s the kind of player it’s easy to make an example of, if they choose to.
Knott will still be eligible to go through the offseason work and training camp and the preseason, if they want him around.
UPDATE 4:33 p.m. ET: The Eagles issued a statement in Knott’s name this afternoon:
“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility.
“I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the pre-season with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”