Seantrel Henderson is reportedly facing a 4-game suspension for substance abuse. The substance in question is marijuana.
However, multiple reports say Henderson used the drug as part of treatment during his battle with Crohn’s disease.
Bills’ OT Seantrel Henderson’s pending substance-abuse suspension is related to a treatment he received for his Crohn’s disease.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2016
He will appeal the suspension.
The Bills did not comment much on the situation Wednesday. “We’re prepared for whatever happens,” head coach Rex Ryan said. “This is league discipline, so any other details come from them.”
Henderson was not made available to the media.
Ryan did say he did not expect Henderson to be the starter at right tackle or the top tackle backup Sunday in Baltimore, so his suspension may not be all that damaging.
Henderson has had issues with marijuana use before. He suspended from the University of Miami football team three times for drug use. It was a major reason why Henderson was drafted in the 7th round, despite first or second round talent.
Crohn’s is a painful disease that affects the intestines. Henderson was diagnosed during the Bills’ 2015 season and spent two weeks in the hospital in January.
Henderson told the Palm Beach Post his body shook with pain at times when he played last season. He endured multiple surgeries and had 80 centimeters of diseased intestines removed.
He returned to practice late in training camp. Rex Ryan said on Tuesday Henderson was no guarantee to play against the Ravens in Buffalo’s season opener.
There is no timetable on when Henderson’s appeal will be heard or a decision made. He did practice with the Bills on Wednesday.