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Former Boise State RB Doug Martin suspended four games for violating NFL drug policy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) is lifted off the turf by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Former Boise State running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games by the NFL for failing the league's drug policy.

The current Tampa Bay Buccaneer said in a statement Wednesday that he plans to enter a treatment facility to "receive the help I truly need."

“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 same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help."

General manager Jason Licht said the team is standing by its player.

"Right now, he is working through issues that are much larger than the game of football," Licht said. "Our primary concern is that he takes this time to focus on getting the help that he needs in order to move forward with his personal and professional life."


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