Panthers DE Charles Johnson suspended for 4 games

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a play in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE (WSPA) – Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson has been suspended for the team’s next four games.

Johnson violated the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances according to a story on the Panther’s official website. He will be eligible to return to the team on Christmas, the day after the Panthers play Tampa Bay.

Johnson indicated he took a banned substance while trying to recover from a back injury.

Here is Johnson’s full statement:

“I accept full responsibility. I have been recovering from back surgery, dealing with the daily grind of football and mistakenly thought this could help. It was an error in judgement on my part. We have a special group here I wanted to be a part of and felt an obligation to do my part by getting back as soon as possible. I have always prided myself on being a person who does things the right way through hard work, dedication and sacrifice. I want to apologize to my team, Mr. Richardson and Panthers fans for this mistake. Regretfully I have disappointed people, but I promise to come back ready to redeem myself when this suspension is over.”