About a month ago, NFL trade rumors had Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson possibly joining the sidelines of a serious playoff contending team at the deadline. Now, if he’s on any sidelines in December, he will likely be in street clothes.
The NFL announced Tuesday that Henderson will be suspended 10 games for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Henderson appealed, but the NFL stuck with its original ruling of a 10-gam absence. His suspension will be without pay and will begin immediately.
“The league has notified us of the suspension and we are moving forward with our preparations to play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday,” the Bills said in a statement.
This is Henderson’s second violation, which is why the suspension length is quite long. The right tackle previously sat out four games this year due to testing positive for marijuana.
Henderson continues to claim that his marijuana use is for medicinal reasons because it relates to his battle with Crohn’s disease. The offensive tackle uses marijuana to deal with the pain resulting from the illness and two intestinal surgeries.
His agent, Brian Fettner, said after his first suspension according to NFL.com, “There is zero allowable medical exemption for this per the NFL, however, there clearly should be.”
According to the Buffalo News, the offensive tackle could pursue legal action against the NFL if he so desires.
Henderson was supposed to be the team’s starting right tackle but after his preseason suspension, Jordan Mills claimed the role and hasn’t relinquished it. Mills now faces no competition to keep his job the remainder of the season.