When news broke that Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin will be suspended four games for violation of the league’s policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs, it was assumed that Irvin tested positive for Adderall.
According to Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR radio in Seattle, Irvin’s suspension comes from Adderall use. Per Mahler, Irvin opted not to appeal.
The NFL allows players to use Adderall, a potent ADHD medication, only if the players have a prescription and if the players have obtained a therapeutic use exemption.
Last year, the league suspended Seahawks cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman after they reportedly tested positive for Adderall. Browner eventually withdrew his appeal; Sherman fought the suspension and won, based on irregularities with the sample-collection process.