The Buffalo Bills will be without wide receiver Walter Powell for the first four games of the 2017 season.
The team announced Thursday that Powell has been suspended by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He's eligible to participate in the rest of the offseason program, including training camp and all preseason games, but won't be able to join the active roster until Oct. 2.
Powell released the following statement: "I was disappointed to recently find out that I had mistakenly used a product that caused a positive result during testing. Although I'm frustrated with the result, I've accepted the league's discipline of a four game suspension. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Bills organization and the Bills fans for my mistake. I will continue to give the Bills my best effort every day, and help contribute to a successful 2017 season."
The Bills can keep Powell through training camp and make a decision about whether they want to activate him to the 53-man roster at the end of his suspension. He is one of 10 receivers competing for about four jobs behind roster locks Sammy Watkins and Zay Jones at the position.