Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended four games, starting Sunday against Kansas City, for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription," Talib said in a statement issued by the team on Saturday. "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."
The 26-year-old Talib will be eligible to return to the club's active roster on Nov. 5.
In four games this season, the 2008 first-round pick totaled 21 tackles and one interception.