The Buffalo Bills might lose another player to suspension.
Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport adds that Henderson tested positive for marijuana, which he used to help cope with Crohn’s disease. The suspension is currently under appeal.
If suspended, Henderson would be the third Bills player to miss time for violation of the substance abuse policy. Henderson is listed as the team’s backup right tackle behind Jordan Mills. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease near the end of the 2015 season and missed the final three games of the season. The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci reports Henderson underwent multiple surgeries to treat the disease and missed all of the team’s offseason workouts.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for the first four games of the season following his second offense of the policy. Dareus later announced he would enter a rehabilitation facility following his suspension and his return to the team is unknown.
Former Bills tailback Karlos Williams was also suspended four games for violating the substance abuse policy. Williams was eventually released by the team last month and remains a free agent.
It’s been a brutal offseason for the Bills, who also lost second-round pick Reggie Ragland for the entire season because of a torn ACL injury. Buffalo also won’t have first-round pick Shaq Lawson for at least the first six weeks of the season as he was placed on the PUP list after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Rookie running back Jonathan Williams was also arrested on suspicion of DWI the same week Karlos Williams was suspended.
The offseason can’t end quickly enough for the Bills. Luckily, the games start to count Sunday afternoon when the Bills travel to Baltimore for a meeting with the Ravens.