Marshall faces suspension

Packer linebacker Torrance Marshall has been suspended without pay for the team's first four regular-season games for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy, according to a league spokesperson and reports from several sources.<P>

According to the NFL, Marshall is eligible to return to the Packers' active roster on Tuesday, September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Chicago Bears.

The linebacker, entering his third NFL season, will be allowed to participate in training camp and the Packers' five preseason games. The suspension begins on Friday, August 29, following the team's final preseason contest vs. the Tennessee Titans at Lambeau Field.

Packer coach and general manager MIke Sherman issued the following statement to the media:

"It has come to my attention from the League Office that Torrance Marshall has violated the NFL Substance Abuse Policy and that he will be suspended for the Packers' first four regular-season games of 2003.

"Some time after our June mini-camp Torrance sought out the necessary steps in getting the professional help and counseling he needs. Hopefully this will only enhance his ability to put his priorities back in his life.

"I am obviously disappointed that Torrance has put himself in this situation, but I am pleased that he has taken the necessary action to get himself well.

"His teammates and coaches will support him as much as they possibly can through this process and hopefully will aid in his full recovery," Sherman said."

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