Cornerback Terry Taylor of the Seattle Seahawks was suspended for 30 days by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Taylor is the second NFL player this week to receive a substance-abuse suspension. New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was suspended Monday, also for 30 days.A 30-day suspension is normally meted out for "phase two" violations, a second offense under the NFL's substance abuse policy. A first offense can be handled without suspension if a player undergoes treatment.
A suspension for a second positive test also mandates treatment, and a player must satisfy the league that he has progressed satisfactorily before being allowed to rejoin his team after the suspension is served.
A third positive ban calls for a lifetime suspension, with a player eligible to seek reinstatement after a year.
Terry Taylor was placed on the Seahawks' non-football injury list effective Wednesday, said NFL spokesman Joe Browne, who said Taylor "has been instructed he must stay out of Seattle's training facilities until Sept. 30."
The cornerback thus will miss the Seahawks' first four regular-season games. Seattle opens the season at Denver on Sunday.
In a terse statement issued by club president Mike McCormack, the Seahawks repeated the NFL announcement and the length of the suspension.
"We have no other comment," McCormack said.
A grim-faced McCormack delivered the news to Seahawks coach Chuck Knox near the end of the team's afternoon practice.
Taylor, 27, is a five-year veteran who was Seattle's first-round draft choice out of Southern Illinois in 1984. He has been a starter for the past three seasons.
The loss of Taylor, who starts at left cornerback, left the team with only three cornerbacks on the roster - starting right cornerback Patrick Hunter and backups Melvin Jenkins and Dwayne Harper, a rookie.
Earlier Wednesday, the NFL reinstated six players who had been suspended for 30 days for violating the substance abuse policy. Another player, Washington's Dexter Manley, was reinstated Monday after also serving a 30-day suspension.