Wednesday was a busy day at Chargers Park.
Hours after the San Diego Chargers released a statement on their status with first round draft pick Joey Bosa; the team announced defensive tackle Damion Square will be suspended without pay for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse program.
According to the Chargers, Square will miss the first four games of the 2016 regular season. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Oct. 3, after the Bolts’ game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers released an official statement on Square’s suspension saying,
“While disappointed to hear the news today about Damion, we support and respect the league's decision. We are confident that he will learn from this and what is expected of him moving forward.”
Square also commented on his suspension saying, “I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire Chargers organization as well as the fans. I made a mistake and take full responsibility. I look forward to returning in Week 5 and doing whatever I can do to help the team."
Media reports indicate that Square failed to take a drug test. Failure to submit to a drug test results in an automatic four-game suspension under NFL rules.
Square is entering his third season with the Chargers and fourth in the NFL. The defensive tackle is eligible to take part in preseason practices and games. The Chargers next preseason game is against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Minneapolis.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that Square did not take a drug test.