NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is facing an NFL suspension for the first four games of the 2019 season for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances, multiple sources tell A to Z Sports Nashville.
Thank you to everyone who sees this video and supports me. My family and I are so grateful to the Tennessee Titans organization and fans for your support. I will post the polygraph information next. #NoBadDays pic.twitter.com/lE9iEMmLxw
— Taylor Lewan (@TaylorLewan77) July 24, 2019
Because Lewan’s infraction occurred during the preseason, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities. The suspension will be imposed once Tennessee has made their 53-man roster cuts.
According to a source, Lewan went to the independent anti-doping laboratory AEGIS Sciences Corporation in Nashville on Wednesday July 10th to show proof of supplements he was taking. The left tackle brought in a total of 27 supplements when he was only registered for 23 supplements.
Taylor Lewan has made three consecutive Pro Bowls and was given a contract extension last summer worth $80 million over five years, with $34 million guaranteed at signing. The deal made Lewan the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history until Oakland signed free agent Trent Brown ($36.75 million guaranteed) this past March.
Lewan’s four game suspension will be unpaid, per league rules.
The Tennessee Titans open the 2019 regular season on September 9 in Cleveland against the Browns. Lewan would also miss the home opener in Week 2 against the Colts, Week 3 in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, and Week 4 in Atlanta against the Falcons.
The Titans begin training camp practice on Friday July 26. Injured players, rookies, and quarterbacks reported to camp Monday. The rest of the team is required to report by Thursday.
Source: Taylor Lewan’s ‘A” sample tested positive this summer, but the results on his “B’ sample have not yet come back from lab. If the B sample matches the A, he would be facing a four-game suspension. But test results still pending.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2019