Article by John Wawrow, The Associated Press
The NFL suspended Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for 10 games for what the player’s agent tells The Associated Press stems from his client using marijuana to relieve the effects of Crohn’s disease.
The Bills announced the league notified them on Tuesday of Henderson’s suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
It’s Henderson’s second suspension this year after he served a four-game ban to start the season.
Henderson’s agent, Brian Fettner, called the league’s decision “heartbreaking,” and added he cannot appeal the suspension because the NFL doesn’t allow an exemption for medical marijuana use.
“His situation is unique, but the drug policy doesn’t line up with the uniqueness. It’s disappointing,” Fettner said.
“The reality is, the NFL’s position has been if you need medical marijuana then you’re too sick to play,” he added. “But that’s just not the case for Seantrel Henderson.”
Henderson will sit out the final five games of the season, and the suspension will carry on either into the playoffs or next season.