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Bears terminate Ayanbadejo's contract after he completes 4-game suspension

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears terminated Obafemi Ayanbadejo's contract Monday, cutting ties with the fullback who
had just completed a four-game suspension for violating the
league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

Ayanbadejo signed a one-year contract with the Bears in June
after spending the previous three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The suspension ended after Sunday's game at Detroit.

Ayanbadejo insisted when the NFL suspended him in August that he
did not take steroids, did not knowingly "infringe on the rules of
the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy," and that he had passed
"60-plus drug tests and never failed one."

"I've never had a problem at any level -- collegiately, in the
NFL," he said at the time.

Ayanbadejo said he used a product called Max LMG, which
decreases estrogen levels and boosts testosterone, for three weeks
in January. He got tested that month, learned in April that he had
failed and had an appeal hearing a few days before training camp
opened.

Now in his ninth season, Ayanbadejo has 513 yards rushing, 885
receiving and eight touchdowns, but he has specialized in special
teams play. His brother Brendon is a Bears linebacker and
special-teams standout.