The Rocky Mountain News reports that Broncos defensive end Kenny Peterson was formally suspended Friday for the first four games of the 2007 season for violating the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy. The league earlier had informed the Broncos of the suspension, then announced it Friday morning. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan could not be reached for comment. The policy includes various performance-enhancing drugs as well as ephedra, a weight-loss stimulant the league also has outlawed.
His suspension is to begin August 31, the day after the Broncos’ preseason finale, against the Arizona Cardinals. If Peterson makes the active roster out of training camp, he would be eligible to return to the team on October 1 as the Broncos, the day after facing the Colts in Indianapolis, prepare for their fifth game of the season. The Broncos more than likely would cut the roster to 53 players at the end of camp, place Peterson on the reserve/suspended list, then make a roster move when Peterson is set to return if they want him in the lineup. Peterson is the fourth Broncos player to be suspended under the policy in the past five years, joining punter Todd Sauerbrun, wide receiver Adrian Madise and safety Lee Flowers.