You’ve probably never heard of Andre Holmes before, and you’ll probably never hear of him again after today.
The Oakland Raiders wide receiver was suspended four games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy on Saturday, the NFL announced.
Claimed off waivers earlier this offseason, Holmes played in seven games and recorded two receptions last season for the Dallas Cowboys.
Considering that he is fighting for a roster spot and does not rank very high on the depth chart, the Raiders will likely just cut him.
Holmes, however, claims he was unaware that he used an illegal substance.
Here is his statement, obtained by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network:
When I received a letter from the NFL stating that I tested positive for amphetamine, which is banned under the NFL performance enhancing substances policy during an off-season test in April, I was very surprised as I know that I did not take any banned substances. I know that I had been quite ill when I was tested in early April, as I reported to the sample collector at the time my sample was given, so I thought one of the medications I was taking was responsible.
However, to this day, even after further testing, I do not know how the substance got into my system. The drug policy rules are very strict with a zero tolerance, so after consulting with the NFLPA (NFL Players Association) and reviewing the medical documentation, I will not appeal the discipline. During training camp and preseason I will work extremely hard, and I will continue to work intensely so that I’m ready to contribute the minute I am back. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and Raiders fans for this situation.
Holmes is still allowed to practice with the team during training camp and play in preseason games, but will be banned for the first four games of the regular season, should he make the roster.
Which, at this point, seems unlikely.