Earlier today the NFL suspended Chicago Bears rookie offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. Also suspended for 4 games was Bears practice squad wide receiver Jalen Saunders according to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Fabuluje sent this text to NBC's Peggy Kusinski explaining the situation, "Took a appetite suppressant back in training camp that ended up failing me on a test... Wasn't intentional just a unfortunate situation... "
Chicago also announced a couple of minor moves. First they promoted wide out Deonte Thompson from the practice squad to the active active roster, and to take his place on the practice squad, they signed offensive tackle Martin Wallace.
Here's the full press release from the Bears.
LAKE FOREST, IL — The Chicago Bears elevated WR Deonte Thompson from the practice squad to the active roster and signed T Martin Wallace to the practice squad.
Thompson has been on the Bears practice squad for the last seven weeks. He appeared in 14 games over three seasons with Baltimore (2012-13) and Buffalo (2014), grabbing 15 receptions for 147 yards (9.8 ypc) with 22 kickoff returns for 590 yards (26.8 ypr). Thompson is No. 14.
Listed at 6-6, 330-pounds, Wallace joined the NFL in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Browns out of Temple. He appeared in one game for the Browns in 2013 before spending a majority of the 2014 season on the Panthers practice squad and parts of the 2015 season on Tampa Bay's practice squad.
The Bears active roster is at 53 as Fabuluje was moved to the reserve/suspended by the commissioner list.
And here's Tayo's statement,
"I was recently informed that I tested positive for an amphetamine after taking a supplement that did not list any banned substances on the label. As a result, I will be serving a four game suspension.
Although it was not intentional, and I would never knowingly take a banned substance, I recognize that I am ultimately responsible as an NFL player for everything that goes in my body. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, the Chicago Bears organization and our fans and can't wait to come back and contribute to my team."
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