FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Kellen Winslow Jr. is ready to get back to work with the New York Jets.
The tight end returned to the Jets' facility Monday after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
The team received a roster exemption for Winslow, meaning he won't count against the 53-man roster until 4 p.m. next Monday afternoon.
The Jets have a bye-week break, and play their next game on Nov. 17 at Buffalo.
Winslow was still unsure why the positive test occurred, but thinks it was possibly for allergy medication he took.
"It's just life and you have to deal with stuff," Winslow said. "People that know me know that I'm not trying to gain an edge or something like that illegally or anything like that. I respect the game too much for that."
Winslow said he is still waiting to hear back from the NFL Players Association to find out exactly what the substance was that prompted the positive test.
He added that the only thing he recently changed in his daily regimen was taking "something from a doctor," but not a prescription. Winslow said it was "more like vitamins." ''It's just my allergies, period," Winslow said. "It's just to help my allergies, help inflammation, my knee. So, I think that's what it was."
Despite the suspension and the NFL cracking down on PEDs, Winslow isn't worried that his reputation might be a bit tarnished by this incident.