Deja vu in Seattle

The NFL has suspended another Seattle Seahawks player for a violation of the league's PED policy. This time, the four-game ban will hit defensive lineman Bruce Irvin, who had eight sacks last season as a rookie.

Irvin offered up the following apology, "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."

Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett did sign with the team in the off-season, but it was Irvin who was expected to start in place of Chris Clemons, who is still recovering from knee surgery.

The hope is that this is the last time Seattle and Adderall are linked in news stories, but Mike Sando of ESPN.com considers it hard to ignore the disturbing pattern developing in Seattle as the suspensions continue to mount:

Mike Sando

Bruce Irvin's suspension fits a pattern

"Irvin joins John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner as Seattle players suspended since 2011 under terms of the performance-enhancing drug policy. Richard Sherman avoided a four-game ban by winning his appeal last season. Sherman was also cited under the policy banning performance-enhancing drugs."