Chargers centre Max Tuerk suspended for 4 games

Los Angeles Chargers centre Max Tuerk was suspended Tuesday. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Chargers centre Max Tuerk was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Tuerk won’t be eligible to return to the Chargers’ active roster until Oct. 2, the day after the Chargers’ Week 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He can participate in all preseason practices and games.

Tuerk said in a statement issued through the team that he had taken over the counter supplements during the off-season.

"In doing so, I opened myself up to the possibility of consuming a tainted supplement — something that ultimately led to a positive test for a banned substance," he said. "I accept responsibility for my actions and understand the NFL’s policy is very clear on this matter. This is a very hard way to learn a lesson, and I will never make this mistake again."