The Titans announced Friday that LT Taylor Lewan has officially been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy.
Here’s the NFL’s statement regarding Lewan’s suspension:
“Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Lewan is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Titans’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 30, following the team’s Week 4 game at Atlanta.”
News that Lewan was facing a four-game suspension first surfaced last month.
Adam Schefter reported that Lewan’s “A-sample” tested positive for a banned substance, but they were going to wai to see if his “B-sample” is positive as well.
Lewan took a polygraph to prove he did not knowingly take the substance. According to Lewan, he tested positive for ostarine.
Lewan, 28, was taken with the No. 11 overall pick by the Titans back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $11.485 million rookie contract when the Titans picked up his fifth-year option in 2017.
Lewan signed a five-year, $80 million extension in 2017 that made him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman at the time.
In 2018, Lewan appeared in 15 games for the Titans starting at left tackle. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 15 offensive tackle out of 80 qualifying players.