Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes’ four-game suspension was caused by a positive test for attention deficit disorder medicine, according to Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England.
Officially, Spikes was announced as having violated the league’s policy against steroids and related substances. According to Curran, the ADHD medicine was deemed a “performance enhancer” by the NFL. As Curran also points out, Adderall contains amphetamines that are listed among the league’s banned substances. Adderall is one of the most common treatment drugs for ADHD.
Regardless of the explanation for Spikes’ ingestion of a banned substance and subsequent suspension, the second-round rookie has accepted the four-game ban and will not appeal.
Spikes should be eligible for the Patriots’ first playoff game.