Nelson suspended 10 games for PEDs
Kyle Nelson, the 49ers’ long snapper since 2014, claims that tainted supplements led to his 10-game suspension Tuesday from the NFL for violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.
It’s the longest suspension ever for a 49ers player, and it came from an unlikely one who’s not known to have any previous trouble.
Nelson issued a statement through the team confirming the NFL informed him of a positive test for a banned substance, and he is taking steps to identify the cause.
“I have been taking the same supplements for my entire time with the 49ers, while undergoing often simultaneous testing by the NFL with no issues,” Nelson stated. “I do not deviate from my nutrition routine, and I would never knowingly take a banned substance.
“I am currently having the supplements tested, and I hope to uncover the cause of the positive test,” Nelson continued. “When the product is identified I fully intend to seek legal action against the manufacturer to protect against this happening to other players in the future.”
Repeat violations of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy resulted in 10game suspensions for the Houston Texans’ Brian Cushing last year and the Atlanta Falcons’ Jalen Collins this year.
General manager John Lynch stood by Nelson’s claim of unwittingly taking a banned substance.