J. Taylor Says Steroid Suspension Should Eliminate Merriman from Defensive Player of the Year Consideration
Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor says that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman shouldn't be eligible to be the NFL's defensive player of the year because Merriman was suspended for four games this season for violating the league's steroids policy.
"You really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with," Taylor said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters in Indianapolis as the Dolphins prepare to play the Colts this weekend. "To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message."
Taylor, Merriman and Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher are among the favorites for the award.
Merriman has said that his positive test stemmed from unwittingly ingesting a banned substance in a supplement he was taking.
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