Rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes just released a statement following the report that he had been suspended for four games for violating the league’s banned substance policy.

According to the statement, Spikes says that the substance was a “medication” that he he should have “gotten clarification” before taking.

“I’ve been contacted by the NFL and informed that I will be suspended four games for the detection of an illegal substance in a drug test,” said Spikes in the statement.¬†“The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league’s ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake.”

The suspension is effective immediately, and¬†he will be eligible to return to the Patriots’ active roster on Monday, January 3rd – the day after the team’s final regular season game on January 2 against the Miami Dolphins.