Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, the team announced Thursday.

Dixon released the following statement, via the team’s official website:

I want to apologize to the Ravens organization, my coaches, teammates, and fans. Being an NFL player is a privilege that comes with many responsibilities, including knowing the contents of any and all foods and supplements put in your body.

I mistakenly took a substance without the proper NFL medical exemption, and while it was unintentional, I accept full responsibility for my actions and their consequences. I am truly sorry for the mistake I made and the distraction it causes. Moving forward, I remain committed to focusing on my offseason training, conditioning, and game preparation so I can be an immediate impact player for the Ravens when my suspension is over.

Dixon’s suspension begins during the first week of the regular season.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome also released a statement:

“While we are disappointed in the mistake Kenneth made, we appreciate the fact that he has assumed responsibility for his actions,” Newsome said. “Kenneth is a good person, but he must learn from this and take the proper steps to rebuild trust within the organization, especially with his coaches and teammates.”

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