Originally published December 6, 2011 at 7:43 PM | Page modified December 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Seahawks' injured rookie John Moffitt hit with four-game suspension

Seahawks rookie guard John Moffitt was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Moffitt, who was already out for the season with a knee injury, will not be paid for the final four weeks.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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RENTON — Seahawks rookie guard John Moffitt will lose his final four weeks of pay this season after being suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The NFL announced the suspension Tuesday.

The league does not announce the type of drug that was detected, but Moffitt's agent, Michael George, said that it was Adderall, a medication commonly used to treat hyperactive disorder. The prescription drug is a stimulant and included on the NFL's list of banned substances.

George indicated that Moffitt could have appealed the suspension, but had that appeal been denied, it would have put Moffitt at risk of having the punishment delayed to next season. Instead, Moffitt will serve the suspension for the final four games this year while on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Seattle's game against Baltimore on Nov. 13. He has undergone surgery to repair two damaged knee ligaments.

Other NFL players have cited the use of Adderall as the reason for a four-game suspension, including Texans fullback Ahmard Hall. Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was suspended last year for taking what he said was a medication used to treat hyperactivity.

Players with a diagnosed condition can apply to the NFL for a waiver allowing the use of the medication. George indicated Moffitt had not done that, which was his mistake.

Moffitt's suspension is the longest league-imposed sanction imposed on a Seahawk player since Koren Robinson was suspended for four games in 2004. That suspension was for his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. Offensive lineman Chris Terry was also suspended four games in 2003 for violating the substance-abuse and personal-conduct policy.

This is the first time since 2001 that a Seahawks player has been suspended for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Cornerback Shawn Springs was suspended four games 10 years ago.

Moffitt is a rookie drafted in the third round by Seattle out of Wisconsin.

Danny O'Neil: 206-464-2364 or On Twitter @dannyoneil.

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