TampaBay Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
Talib apparently was caught taking the medication Adderall without a prescription. The CB released a statement:
Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription,” Talib said in a statement released by the team. “This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.
This means the Bucs will be without Talib Sunday when the Chiefs come to town. An unfortunate situation for the Bucs could be a break for the Chiefs. Tampa’s secondary has struggled so far this season but Talib has played well.
Tampa’s defensive line is pretty good so they will likely focus on trying to stop KC’s running game. If Brady Quinn and the KC receivers can find a way to take advantage of the banged up TB secondary early, things should open up in the running game.