ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Late last week reports surfaced that Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson was facing a 10-game suspension for once again violating the league’s substance abuse policy. On Tuesday those reports were confirmed by the team.
“The league has notified us of the suspension and we are moving forward with our preparations to play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.”
His suspension begins immediately and will include any and all potential playoff games the Bills may participate in. Any remaining games he has not served when the season comes to a close, will carry over to the 2017 regular season.
10 games is the standard punishment for a repeat offender, which Henderson of course is after he served a four game suspension earlier this year for the same offense. The 24-year-old was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last December and had surgery this past off-season to remove more than 80 centimeters of infected intestines. As part of his recovery doctors prescribed Henderson medical marijuana, which the NFL still deems illegal under their policy.
Perhaps Henderson’s uniquely troubling situation will push the league to reconsider their stance the drug particularly for medical use, but for now it’s going to cost the Bills tackle another 10 games.
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