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Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson suspended four games for PEDs

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The Chiefs were already worried about rebuilding an offensive line, now they’re minus a big part of what was left.

The league announced that right tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended the first four games of the season for violating the performance enhancing substances policy.

Obviously losing Donald is disappointing, but we are in full compliance with the league’s policy,” the Chiefs said in a statement, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

Stephenson issued a statement through his agent citing the now-common line that he took a medication without a “therapeutic use exemption,” which is the new version of the Adderall defense.

Coupled with the losses in free agency of Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, and the uneven play of 2013 No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, the Chiefs didn’t need one more problem on the line.

But now they’ve got a big one, for the first quarter of the season.

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25 Responses to “Chiefs tackle Donald Stephenson suspended four games for PEDs”
  1. watchfullhose says: Aug 22, 2014 2:48 PM

    Here they come. The NFL office is such a bunch of cowards – releasing this info on Friday afternoon.

  2. ravensfaninflorida says: Aug 22, 2014 3:00 PM

    “Therapeutic use exemption”? Really? C’mon man!!

  3. revansrevenant says: Aug 22, 2014 3:01 PM

    And yet Ray Rice only received two games for beating his wife. I don’t know about anyone else, but I think beating you wife is worse than taking PED’s. The Ginger Hammer needs to step up and fix this mess.

  4. rawdog2013 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:03 PM

    Maybe if you guys had a Commitment to Excellence you wouldn’t always try to take the easy road….which leads to nothing for the Chiefs anyways.

    Chokers and Chiefs always trying to cut corners – never hire a fan of either of these teams.

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    My Titans may be “new and improved,” but I’ve been very concerned about them opening the season with this tough away game in Kansas City. … With this news, my concerns have eased … just a bit.

  6. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 22, 2014 3:10 PM

    This is why the Hawks won the Superbowl and your teams didn’t.

  7. vikesr4reel says: Aug 22, 2014 3:13 PM

    Seahawks on line 1!!

  8. jwcarlson says: Aug 22, 2014 3:14 PM

    I took the field in your earlier poll. What do I win?

  9. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 22, 2014 3:18 PM

    I cannot believe in the NFL you are better off dragging your unconscious fiance out of a elevator than taking “PEDs”

    What a sham this league is turning into.

  10. u4iadman says: Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    And the Pats got off far easier for cheating.

  11. mharjo says: Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    For the people who will undoubtedly say “Seahawks on line 1…” please also list the date when the Seahawks last PED suspension happened and the number of players suspended since.

    You’re in for a rude awakening on your PED narrative.

  12. riverhorsey says: Aug 22, 2014 3:20 PM

    Next man up !!

  13. schmitty2 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:23 PM

    Jamaal Charles fantasy rankings have to be taking a hit now.

  14. bassplucker says: Aug 22, 2014 3:28 PM

    Still no word on Josh Gordon.

    Still no word on Aldon Smith.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:40 PM

    Lets not kid ourselves, every team has players who are using PEDs.

  16. jwcarlson says: Aug 22, 2014 3:44 PM

    mharjo says:
    Aug 22, 2014 3:19 PM

    For the people who will undoubtedly say “Seahawks on line 1…” please also list the date when the Seahawks last PED suspension happened and the number of players suspended since.

    You’re in for a rude awakening on your PED narrative.
    —————————

    Well, by definition the last person suspended would not have any “number of players suspended since”. The piped in crowd noise must have damaged your brain.

  17. slugbaitspace says: Aug 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    I only clicked the link to see all the comments referencing Ray Rice and the Seahawks.

    You guys never disappoint…

  18. ctiggs says: Aug 22, 2014 3:58 PM

    Welcome to Seattle Donald!!

  19. kcflake says: Aug 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    And the Titans Celebrate.

  20. seadawgs72 says: Aug 22, 2014 4:10 PM

    As a Hawks fan i sympathize with the Chiefs fans. Although every team have players get busted for some kind of substance whether ped or recreational use. Maybe it was because of the Hawks success last season but you can’t read the current section of a Seahawk article without some moron telling the same tired jokes over & over. If the Chiefs kick butt this season then be ready for that. Rise above & enjoy your team & just remember how pathetic those people’s lives must be that they would rather hate & spew venom than to give credit where credit is do.

    As a sidenote, now that my Hawks are no longer in the AFC west I’ve been a closet Chief fan for sometime & i take a lot of solace in knowing your team fleeced the niners for Alex Smith. Your team has a good qb who i don’t believe had peaked, while the niners have a qb that makes his one read & takes off running for the sideline. I wish the Chiefs all the luck in the world. I would only root against them if it happened to be a Hawk + Chief superbowl. Btw, I’d love that matchup. 2 of the “small market” (i hate that frickin term) teams at the big dance. Couldn’t think of a bigger disappointment got Goodell.

  21. superbowl48champs says: Aug 22, 2014 4:29 PM

    Rick Speilman, line 1,2,3,4!

  22. joetoronto says: Aug 22, 2014 5:04 PM

    Welcome to 2-14, losers.

  23. arowchief says: Aug 22, 2014 6:42 PM

    You would know Joe! 4th and 48!

  24. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 22, 2014 11:18 PM

    0-4

  25. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 22, 2014 11:19 PM

    scratch that…
    0-5

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