KUSA – Longtime Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater spoke to the media Monday after an announcement that he will miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension handed down by the NFL for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
"I want to apologize to Broncos fans," Prater said. "It's no one's fault but my own."
Prater's violation was alcohol-based, which goes against his program with the league after he was charged with a DUI in 2011.
Reports say the NFL originally threatened a one-year suspension for the Broncos kicker, but Prater's attorney and the league settled for four games.
Prater told the media on Monday that the violation has affected his game, but he hopes to get past it.
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"I'm definitely going to make some changes in my life," he said. "Not drink at all. Not go to places where people are drinking."
Prater found out about the suspension right before the preseason loss to the Houston Texans. He had been hoping to just get a fine for the alcohol violation. He said the news definitely upset him and affected his play.
He added that it "means a lot" that coach John Fox is sticking by him.
"He's part of our family, he's one of ours, and we're gonna support him through this," Fox said at practice on Monday.
"I screwed up," Prater said.
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