Calvin Pace suspended for first four games

Calvin Pace of the New York Jets has been suspended without pay for the team's first four regular-season games of 2009 for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

Pace's suspension begins on Saturday, September 5. He is eligible to return to the Jets' active roster on Monday, October 5 following the team's October 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Pace is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

And like almost all suspended players, Pace had no idea he was taking a banned substance.

"This is a situation that resulted from an over-the-counter dietary supplement that contained a substance that I did not know violated the League's policy," said Pace. "I am responsible for what I put into my body and I should have paid closer attention to the League's guidelines."