SUWANEE, Ga. (AP) _ Atlanta Falcons guard Scott Davis has been suspended by the NFL for four games for steroid use, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today.

Davis, a five-year veteran who signed as an unrestricted free agent June 16, already was sidelined by a torn pectoral muscle. He is the first Atlanta player ever suspended under the league's substance abuse program.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday that the suspension is effective immediately. Under league rules, players who test positive for steroids are subject to the quick suspension, unlike the three-tiered punishment program for substance abuse.

Aiello declined to comment on the specifics of the case, citing the league's confidentiality policy. He said all statements must come from the player.

Davis, 27, could not be reached for comment Friday, the newspaper said. The Falcons had no official comment.

Davis was drafted in 1993 by the New York Giants, then coached by current Falcons coach Dan Reeves. He played in both games this year for Atlanta and started at right guard last week against Carolina.