Panthers' Thomas Davis facing 4-game suspension for violating NFL drug policy

The Carolina Panthers have announced that linebacker Thomas Davis is facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. 

The announcement came just before 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Davis posted a video to his Twitter stating that he violated the NFL’s policy and was "completely caught off guard by this," and the Panthers provided additional information on the incident. 

"This is by far one of the saddest days of my NFL career. I never thought that this would happen to me. I’ve worked extremely hard to do things the right way on and off the field. Panther Nation please know that I am not a cheater. #KeepPounding" Davis wrote in his Twitter post. 

“I was I've never in any way done anything to try to intentionally cheat the game. I've taken the same supplements for the last seven or eight years and never had any issues, been tested numerous times over the years while taking the same stuff. Unfortunately, this is some of the things that happen when you take supplements. I've never tested positive for steroids or HGH. This is not one of those situations. It ended up being an estrogen blocker that triggered a positive test for me," Davis said in the video. 

The violation means that Davis, a 14-year NFL veteran, a seven-time captain and an all-time leading tackler, will now miss the first four games of the 2018 season.

“I can honestly tell you guys that my conscience is clear in this situation,” Davis said, “and as bad as it hurts me to sit here and tell you guys this, I know it's going to hurt a lot of people that have looked up (to) and believed in Thomas Davis over the years. Just know that in no way – in no way – have I done anything intentionally to try to cheat this game. I'm going to serve this four-game suspension, and I'll be back ready to go back out there with my teammates.”