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Gregory suspended four games
By Kevin Acee

Originally published October 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m., updated October 4, 2010 at 11:48 a.m.


Sean M. Haffey

Steve Gregory reacts after intercepting a pass Sunday against the Cardinals. He won't get another chance until Nov. 7 at Houston.
The Chargers will be without starting strong safety Steve Gregory for four games following his positive test for a banned substance.

Gregory tested positive for a performance enhancing substance in May but appealed that finding. He will begin serving his suspension today and be eligible to return on Nov. 1.

Gregory issued this statement through the team:

"I was completely shocked to find out about this positive test from May during the off-season. I have never knowingly used any form of performance enhancing substance, however as an athlete I know that I am responsible for everything that goes into my body. I appealed these test results, and through this process I was disappointed to learn today that I am going to be suspended for the next four games. It is tremendously upsetting to me, but I fully respect and support the NFLís policies. I will take this as a learning experience and come back stronger and as committed as ever. I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the organization, fans, and my family and friends. I look forward to moving past this and helping my team win a championship this year.Ē

The Chargers will likely turn to Paul Oliver to replace Gregory, as well as hope to accelerate rookie Darrell Stuckey. The team's fourth-round draft pick has been active just one game and sat out all last week with a hamstring injury.

Gregory had an interception Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and is second on the team with 29 tackles, one behind Kevin Burnett.