Defensive tackle veteran suspended for steroid policy violationThe National Football League (NFL), for violating a steroid policy, has suspended former Cleveland Browns Shaun Smith for four games.

After he was released by the Browns last month, due to a trimming made by the team in order to reach the 53-player maximum, he was immediately signed up by the Lions to a one-year $1 million deal. However, because of his violation, he was released from his contract last Saturday.

Six teams have contacted him since his release from Detroit Lions; however, he informed those teams that he would be serving the four-game suspension during the first four weeks of the season, so he will be available by week 5.

Smith also clarified to the teams who contacted him that he took water pills, an over-the-counter, weight loss supplement, and not any performance-enhancing drugs.

The National Football League bans water pills and other diuretics because they can mask the use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Smith started his career with Cleveland Browns on March 2007. Over the past two seasons, he had played 20 games for the team.

It is still unclear if the reason for his release from the Lions had anything to do with his pending suspension.