Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright will
miss the next four games after being suspended by the NFL for violating the
league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Head coach Greg Schiano announced Wright's ban during his weekly press
conference on Monday, with the suspension effective immediately. Wright will
be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 24.
The sixth-year pro had appealed the penalty, which FoxSports.com originally
reported was for use of the drug Adderall in late October, but lost his case.
One of several free agents signed by the Buccaneers during an extensive
overhaul this past offseason, Wright started all 10 games he appeared in and
compiled 39 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception he returned 60
yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants back in Week 2.
Wright, who signed a five-year contract with Tampa Bay in March, has been
slowed by an Achilles' injury recently and did not play in the Buccaneers'
24-23 loss to NFC South leader Atlanta on Sunday.
Undrafted rookie Leonard Johnson started in Wright's place against the Falcons
and will likely continue in that role through the suspension.
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