Colts DL Art Jones: Should have made 'sure there wasn't a banned substance'

ANDERSON, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Art Jones made his first comments since he was suspended four games for using performance-enhancing drugs.

"I did a piss-poor job going through my supplements making it sure there wasn't a banned substance in there," Jones said.

Jones also didn't sound like a player who agrees with the NFL's decision to suspend him.

"With the NFL, you can take too much cough syrup and it's PED," he said. "Not getting into too much detail with that."

Jones is eligible to return to the Colts on Oct. 3, one day after their Week 4 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Jones can participate in the Colts' preseason games and practices.

"I apologized to the organization, more importantly my teammates and the fans," Jones said. "I appreciate all their support. It's a small thing, another thing I have to get through. When October comes I'll be fresh, I'll be healthy, and I'll be ready to dominate."

I wouldn't call Jones' suspension a "small thing"; any suspension is significant. It's even more significant when the player has spent more time on the sideline than playing after the Colts signed him to a five-year, $33 million contract in 2014.

Jones has only played in nine regular-season games in his two seasons with the Colts. He said he's finally healthy after missing all the offseason workouts while coming back from an ankle injury that cost him the entire 2015 season.

"When you play as hard as I do, injuries happen," Jones said. "That's one thing in football, injuries happen. It's definitely frustrating. I'm confident in my ability in what I can do. This is a mild bump in the train track, but I'm not derailed. I'm sticking to my mission. My mission is to come here and help the team win a lot of games, and I can't wait. I feel great. I'm ready to practice. I'm with the trainers right now. Whatever they tell me I need to do and whenever I need to be out on the field, I'll be ready."

Jones' suspension puts the Colts in a tough spot, as it's uncertain when fellow defensive lineman Henry Anderson will be ready after he tore his ACL in Week 9 last season. The Colts placed Anderson on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday.

"We're supportive of Art," defensive coordinator Ted Monachino said. "We'd love to have him out there and have him contribute to our defense as soon as possible, but right now we're in a mode where he just has to get as far down the road as he can health-wise and get back to the point where he's practicing full speed and practicing every day with us."


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