Doug Martin suspended for violating NFL’s drug policy

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.   The Cardinals defeated the Buccaneers  40-7.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Getty Images

The “personal issue” for which Doug Martin has left the Buccaneers quickly became public.

“I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s drug policy,” the fifth-year running back said in a statement released by the team. “My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me — including Coach Koetter — I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.”

The presence of the term “drug policy” implies that it’s a violation of the substance-abuse policy. Under the current formulation of the substance-abuse policy, multiple violations precede the violation that results in a four-game suspension.

“On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back,” Martin said. “Off the field, I have tried that

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