It's a rumor that has been going around for several weeks, and the Browns today confirmed that it is true. Right tackle Ryan Tucker will be suspended for four weeks, reportedly due to steroid use.
Browns head coach Romeo Crennel informed the media this morning of the suspension, informing reporters that Tucker was "very disappointed" with the situation. Crennel also told reporters that Tucker has known about the situation for five days. The veteran tackle had the right to appeal, but has decided to forego that opportunity.
Tucker's suspension takes effect during the first week of the season. He can continue to practice with the team and play during the pre-season, but will miss the team's first four regular season games.
The Orange and Brown Report expects to receive a press release on the matter this afternoon from the NFL. The topic was also discussed during last night's podcast, but at that time the OBR did not have the needed level of confirmation to run the story. This morning, unfortunately, we do, and it comes from the team's head coach.
Here's the press release received by the OBR around Noon today:
STATEMENT BY AN NFL SPOKESPERSON:
Ryan Tucker of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for the team's first four regular-season games of 2007 for violating the NFL Policy on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances.
Tucker's suspension begins on Saturday, September 1. He is eligible to return to the Browns' active roster on Monday, October 1 following the team's September 30 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Tucker is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.
Stay tuned to the OBR for more on this developing story