Matt Prater to be suspended for first four games for alcohol-related violation

matt-praterDenver Broncos kicker Matt Prater has been notified by the NFL that he will be suspended for the first four games of the season. The suspension stems from Prater violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The violation, according to the Denver Post, was alcohol-related.

Prater has been in the league’s alcohol program since 2011 when he was charged with DUI.

Here’s Prater’s statement regarding the suspension that is to be announced on Monday:

“I’ve made some mistakes,” Prater said. “I’m accepting full responsibility. I’ll learn from it and come back a better person. I want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches, the Broncos’ organization and the fans.”

Prater’s attorney Harvey Steinberg and the league agreed upon the suspension so it’s unlikely that Prater appeals. Prater dodged a bullet here because initially, the league wanted to hit him with a one-year suspension.

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