The depth at offensive line is quickly vanishing for the Cleveland Browns.
Backup guard/center Ryan Seymour received a four-game suspension from the NFL this afternoon for failing the league's performance enhancing drugs (PED) policy.
The Browns broke the news, releasing an official statement.
Seymour can play in the team's three remaining preseason game, but cannot return to the active roster until Monday, October 5, following the Browns' fourth game of the season against the Chargers.
The third-year lineman said in the team's statement:
"Although I did not knowingly take a substance that was on the NFL’s banned list, I do know that as an NFL player I must take full responsibility for everything that is in my body. I will be much more careful in the future so something like this never happens again. I am very disappointed that I won’t have the opportunity to help the Browns win games during the first four weeks of the season. I look forward to putting this behind me, and right now, I’m focused on continuing to work hard, being a good teammate and helping my team improve for the remainder of the preseason."
Seymour started three games and appeared in 11 for the Browns last season following Alex Mack's injury.
The Browns have a few options with the 25 year old. The club can waive him now or keep him on the reserve/suspended list until October 5, at which point the team can waive him or keep him.
In the grand scheme of things, this suspension means little. Following his suspect play last season, Seymour was a longshot to make the roster anyways.