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Eagles linebacker suspended for PED violation

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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.”

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40 Responses to “Eagles linebacker suspended for PED violation”
  1. kingmj4891 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:21 PM

    Now he is just a camp body not a chance he makes the final 53.

  2. janvanflac says: Apr 4, 2014 4:23 PM

    PED or substance abuse? not the same thing.

  3. chawk12thman says: Apr 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    Example? Example? He will be suspended per NFL Policy and what would cutting him do to set anything? Everyone would know that if the Starting CB, QB, etc… were to be suspended for a first offence PED Violation that they would keep them.

    Nothing about example to set here.

  4. thepftpoet says: Apr 4, 2014 4:27 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly offering a sixth round pick for Jake.

  5. rgiiiandxiii says: Apr 4, 2014 4:30 PM

    Anyone else read the headline and assume it was Casey Matthews?

  6. darutledge3 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:30 PM

    Chip needs to get control of his team!

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 4, 2014 4:34 PM

    He’s too young and lowly paid to make an example out of, that is if you mean asking him to take a big paycut in order to facilitate a trade to a division rival in exchange for nothing in return like they do with some of their premium veteran players.

  8. hrmlss says: Apr 4, 2014 4:36 PM

    Seattle East….

  9. skoldier612 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:36 PM

    Yes, he would look great in Seahawk colors.

  10. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:37 PM

    Typical failadelphia, trying to do anything to compete with the greatness that is The New York Giants #norings #regularseasonwinsmeannothing

  11. slugbaitspace says: Apr 4, 2014 4:47 PM

    The really sad part of this player’s story is that he doesn’t know how to read.

    I read responses from athletes every other week who blame supplements that contain banned ingredients that are not listed on the label.

  12. runeaglesrun says: Apr 4, 2014 4:49 PM

    BigBlueDomination2014…enjoy the collapse of the Coughlin/Manning/Reese era.

  13. chicagobtech says: Apr 4, 2014 4:53 PM

    “The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility.”

    You were serious about that?

    –Vincent Gambini

  14. grimreaper12 says: Apr 4, 2014 4:54 PM

    The Seahawk jokes never get old.

  15. macdaddyspeed says: Apr 4, 2014 5:04 PM

    Haters: Love that my Seahawks are in your head. Get used to them being there.

  16. phillyguyindc says: Apr 4, 2014 5:06 PM

    I find it funny MLB suspends more people from PED’s than the NFL, and when they do they make an “example” of a special teams guy but that drum has been beaten plenty.

    This is a major risk of taking workout supps- even for civilians or anyone who is subject to drug test by their employer. It’s very important to know that they are not FDA regulated and can contain almost anything under the sun. It’s only when people start dying (1-3 DMAA) that action is taken.

    Check the label to make sure this ingredient is not in your supplement!

  17. thefootballgodssay says: Apr 4, 2014 5:09 PM

    nfc east cheaters go giants

  18. shatho1 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:14 PM

    macdaddyspeed April 4, 2014, 4:04 PM CDT

    Haters: Love that my Seahawks are in your head. Get used to them being there.

    haha lmao. Seahawks will go nowhere this year

    also.someone better checkout shady McCoy cuz there’s something shady about him too. lol

  19. nyeagles10 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:16 PM

    that explains his big training camp/preseason last off season no worries Kevin Philips will be back this year so no need for him

  20. scmems07 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:25 PM

    he will be hiring richard sherman for representation in this matter.

  21. backdapack4evr says: Apr 4, 2014 5:32 PM

    Eagles and Seahawks!!
    Dirty cheating birds!!

  22. ravenswhat says: Apr 4, 2014 5:34 PM

    I’m shocked he’s shocked and that he didn’t ever knowingly ingest any illegal substances. This is my incredibly shocked face. Just. Shocking.

  23. drsummeroff says: Apr 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    Yeah. Pretty much had the ‘blame it on the stimulants’ thing called in the very first comment and before the update….I guess I must have inadvertently broke a story so my comment was deleted.

  24. jacqvoncc says: Apr 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    Seahawks will go nowhere this year?! Talk about haha lmao. Riiiiight, buddy. And obviously they are in your head as well as everyone else commenting about them on an EAGLES thread! Because…ya know, Seattle is the only team in the history of the league that’s had a player suspended for PEDs. Haters just need any excuse possible to wrap their heads around the fact the Hawks are the best team in the league and their teams are nowhere near comparison.

  25. tinbender2000 says: Apr 4, 2014 5:41 PM

    He should use the Sherman defense, ” If the cup is cracked I didn’t take jack”.

  26. drunkwino says: Apr 4, 2014 5:53 PM

    Starcaps 2 : The Electric Boogaloo

  27. abninf says: Apr 4, 2014 5:54 PM

    For once I would like to see a player who gets busted and blames a supplement or Adderall show us his test results.

  28. superbowl48champs says: Apr 4, 2014 6:00 PM

    Cue all the “old” Seahawk jokes, especially from Viking fans.

    Seriously?!?

    “The 90s just called and want their fannie packs back”.

  29. getyourownname says: Apr 4, 2014 6:00 PM

    “I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label”

    It’s just a little hard to believe this is the first time he ever heard this, or that the NFL or NFLPA never warned players before.

  30. BigBlueDomination2014 says: Apr 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    runeaglesrun…enjoy that eagles super bowl champions hat…oh wait, that doesn’t exist. #truth

  31. mrlaloosh says: Apr 4, 2014 6:11 PM

    You need performance enhancers to make the Eagles team at linebacker? Child please….

  32. orivar says: Apr 4, 2014 6:12 PM

    PED & Substance abuse are not the same thing. Now I have NO IDEA what he was suspended for. If you’re going to report it, report it correctly.

  33. meatcarroll says: Apr 4, 2014 6:36 PM

    The PEDadelphia PEDgles.

  34. dolphins4 says: Apr 4, 2014 7:41 PM

    If the Seahawks can win a Super Bowl doing PEDs then maybe the Eagles can too.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Apr 4, 2014 8:44 PM

    I know for a fact that the Eagles wouldn’t cut him, they would rather trade him to the Seahawks and at least get a draft choice in return.

  36. salscobrakai says: Apr 4, 2014 8:51 PM

    If the past is an indicator for the future then the Eagles and Ravens will be meeting in Glendale for Super Bowl XLII.

  37. tigerboye says: Apr 4, 2014 9:37 PM

    it’s Desean Jackson fault

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 5, 2014 10:43 AM

    Chip Kelly personal smoothies!!!

  39. shlort says: Apr 5, 2014 2:16 PM

    He should have cracked the cup so it was leaking urine and told the person collecting the sample to pour the urin into another cup. Then he could have used the Sherman ruling to get out of a positive test. There must be some class these guys can take to get their test disqualified if they think the might still have drugs in their system when they are tested. If not, I think I might start one up and charge these cats 10 grand to attend the “How to go in dirty and come out clean” seminar.

  40. steelerben says: Apr 7, 2014 9:02 AM

    Everytime a player uses the excuse of “I didn’t know what was in this supplement” they fail to mention that the NFLPA has a list of approved supplements that will not trigger a positive in your screenings. Deviation from the list means that you are using suplements that have either not been tested for banned sustances or have been tested and failed. If you go off the list, you go at your own risk.

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