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Marcus Gilbert releases statement to Steelers fans, and his teammates, following suspension

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The right tackle apologizes to fans after “inadvertently” taking a banned substance.

NFL: New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a big piece of their offensive line Monday when Marcus Gilbert was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s PED policy, and after the news broke Gilbert took to social media to release a statement.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Steelers family. Regretfully I inadvertently took a banned substance. I promise to come back in great shape, and will be ready to play when my suspension is over.”

Gilbert claiming to “inadvertently” taken a banned substance is surprising, to say the least, considering the amount of people and literature available to players as to what can, and can’t, be taken by league standards.

Nonetheless, Gilbert will have to sit out the next four games, including the huge game vs. the Patriots in Week 15, before returning to the lineup before the Christmas day game vs. the Houston Texans.

Gilbert’s statement came after Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert released a statement of his own regarding the suspension, per the team’s official website:

“We are disappointed that Marcus Gilbert has been suspended four games for using performance-enhancing substances. He will not appeal the NFL’s decision. The suspension is effective immediately, and he will not be permitted in the building until after the suspension has concluded following our game on Dec. 17.”