Nel­son sus­pended 10 games for PEDs

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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.

Kyle Nel­son

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