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Joe Hawley returning from drug suspsension Tuesday

Joe Hawley will soon be back with the Falcons after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy.

Kevin C. Cox

Atlanta Falcons offensive lineman Joe Hawley served a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's drug policy, and he will return to the team on Tuesday, according to head coach Mike Smith. Hawley tested positive for Adderall and was suspended by the league on Nov. 19.

"He is sincerely sorry to his teammates, coaches and Falcons fans for the consequences of this oversight," Hawley's agent said in a statement. "Joe will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the team continue the success they’ve achieved thus far this season."

Hawley played in six games prior to the suspension. The third-year pro started 12 games for the Falcons last season. He was replaced on the roster by Harland Gunn, and it is unclear at this point whether or not the Falcons will open up a roster spot for Hawley.

The Falcons face the Detroit Lions this weekend.

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