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Former Hawkeye Sash suspended by NFL

Safety gets four games for violating drug policy

New York Giants defensive back Tyler Sash (39) runs with the ball during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants travel to Green Bay to play the Packers in a divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New York Giants defensive back Tyler Sash (39) runs with the ball during NFL football practice, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants travel to Green Bay to play the Packers in a divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Former Iowa and current New Your Giants safety Tyler Sash has been suspended four games by the NFL for a violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Sash will be suspended without pay for the first four regular-season games. Because the test was conducted before training camp, Sash will be allowed to engage in all preseason activities.

Sash is scheduled to earn $465,000 from the Giants this season. A four-game suspension without pay will cost him $116,250.

"I took a prescription drug (Adderall) legally under a doctor's care for an anxiety condition during the offseason in March of this year. The purpose was to help me with public speaking appearances," Sash said in a statement. "I had no idea that this prescription drug was banned by NFL policy. Although I take full responsibility for this situation, I also want to state that I have never cheated or taken performance-enhancing drugs, and I frown on those who do.

"I am highly disappointed by the league's decision in this matter, but I will continue to do my best on and off the field."

Sash, a sixth-round pick last year, appeared in all 20 of the team's games as a rookie. He was a key special-teams contributor. In the Giants' playoff victory over San Francisco, he delivered a big hit on returner Kyle Williams before Williams fumbled in overtime to set up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal.

Sash, 24, had 17 tackles last season, his first in the NFL. He can play against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 7.

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"From this point on, I will be more conscientious about every single thing I put in my body," Sash said in his statement. "Once again, I want to reiterate that I have never been and will never be associated in any way with performance-enhancing drugs. The timing of this positive test was March 2012, a time during which there is no physical performance required of me. I hope this explanation reinforces my innocence and shows that my intentions were pure."

Sash, an Oskaloose native, finished his three-year Iowa career with 217 tackles, 13 interceptions and 11.5 tackles for loss. He left Iowa with a year of eligibility remaining after the 2010 season.

He is in the second year of a three-year contract with the Giants. He's slated to earn $555,000 in 2013 and $645,000 in '14. His signing bonus was $330,000.

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