(CBS) Bears tight end Gabe Miller has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Following his suspension, the 25-year-old tight end released the following statement:
"I would like to apologize to the entire Bears organization as well as our fans for taking a substance during the offseason that is prohibited by the NFL without a medical exemption. While it was an isolated incident, I regret the poor judgment I showed and accept full responsibility for this mistake along with the punishment that comes with it. In the meantime I will continue to work hard and contribute in any way I can. I look forward to having the opportunity to make this up to the people that I have disappointed."
Miller is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, but he is unable to participate in any team activity for the first four weeks of the 2013 regular season.
Miller joined the Bears prior to the 2012 season and has yet to appear in an NFL game.
He was drafted by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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