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Bills’ linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended for opening game

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With linebacker Kiko Alonso lost for the 2014 season due to a torn ACL, Nigel Bradham has elevated to the top of the depth chart.  But someone other than Bradham will be playing weakside linebacker for the Bills against the Bears on September 7.

The NFL has announced that Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the 2014 regular season for violating the substance-abuse policy.

The suspension most likely arises from Bradham’s August 2013 arrest for marijuana possession, since a one-game suspension is the standard punishment for that offense.

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27 Responses to “Bills’ linebacker Nigel Bradham suspended for opening game”
  1. floratiotime says: Jul 30, 2014 2:04 PM

    Half as bad as punching out a woman.

  2. wydok says: Jul 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    Substance abouse? I’m surprised. With the current punishment logic, I assume he killed somebody.

  3. kd75 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    Thank God he didn’t beat his wife…

  4. thepftpoet says: Jul 30, 2014 2:07 PM

    The Seahawks are now reportedly trying to aquire Nigel Bradham via trade.

  5. blackandbluedivision says: Jul 30, 2014 2:08 PM

    Wait, so it took him a full season to get suspended?

  6. rzon250 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:15 PM

    “According to the report, the amount of marijuana was too small to arrest and jail Bradham, so he was only issued tickets, one for possession of a small amount of marijuana and one for a window tint violation.”

    So Bradham had a tiny bit of weed, and gets suspended for a game….a year later. What a complete and total joke. By this logic, Dareus is gone for half the season.

  7. djshnooks says: Jul 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    So they lose their best player…and the NFL then decides to suspend his replacement?

    An entire year later? What a joke.

    I’m at the point I hope this league folds…Roger Goodell is ruining the NFL.

  8. reconl63 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    It’s just another indicator that the Buffalo Bills will soon be playing in the beautiful upscale sunny city of Los Angeles. Look in Buffalo the players don’t even want to play there. This story is proof. In reality, the team will be worth more in LA because only we can sell luxury boxes with a fine dining experience. LA is the city that can support an NFL team and has the track record to do it. Buffalo is a 3rd world country compared to us. The fact is, LA has perfect weather and excellent fans that have money to go to games. LA is much better for the NFL and it has better people too. Like I have been saying for years, the Bills are the most likely team to be moved to LA, glad it’s happening this year.

  9. leo133074 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:22 PM

    Bears 45
    Bills 10

  10. leninthebuff says: Jul 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    reconl63 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    It’s just another indicator that the Buffalo Bills will soon be playing in the beautiful upscale sunny city of Los Angeles. Look in Buffalo the players don’t even want to play there. This story is proof. In reality, the team will be worth more in LA because only we can sell luxury boxes with a fine dining experience. LA is the city that can support an NFL team and has the track record to do it. Buffalo is a 3rd world country compared to us. The fact is, LA has perfect weather and excellent fans that have money to go to games. LA is much better for the NFL and it has better people too. Like I have been saying for years, the Bills are the most likely team to be moved to LA, glad it’s happening this year.

    Nice try but you ought to read the papers or watch the news…it’s between staying in Buffalo or being moved to Toronto…you’re probably smoking better stuff then Bradham got busted with…lmao@you

  11. happywolverine says: Jul 30, 2014 2:34 PM

    “Thank God he didn’t beat his wife…”

    WHY?

    It’s vitually the same suspension if not less

  12. happywolverine says: Jul 30, 2014 2:36 PM

    aww poor recon163

    Your dreams are about to be crushed lol plus you have to live with your cruel lil heart

    god bless bro

  13. catquick says: Jul 30, 2014 2:37 PM

    djshnooks….amen, brother

  14. iloveagoodnap says: Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    Any explanation, any at all, as to why they waited a whole year? This seems out of left field.

    Did he appeal and it not get settled until now? I have never heard of it taking an entire year to suspend a guy 1 game. Unbelievable.

  15. wiley16350 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    Here are some facts for you people so that at least when you complain about stuff you don’t have to lie, use half-truths or comparisons that have nothing to do with reality.

    1. Ray Rice and his wife were both arrested for domestic violence.

    2. Ray Rice didn’t serve jail time or receive a stiff penalty from the law. He just has to attend anger management classes.

    3. Ray Rice was suspended 2 games + a game check worth over $700,000. I’m not sure if he will not be paid for the 2 suspended game, it is possible that he will lose 3 game checks.

    4. No player is ever suspended for a first offense with drug abuse, PED’s or on field actions. The first time you hear of a player being suspended due to one of these things, it wasn’t the first time he was caught doing it. All of these things effect the way the league is viewed in terms of honest competition. That is why they are addressed in the CBA. The suspensions for these things automatically incur agreed upon punishments. They are not something that Goodell deliberates upon to enact punishment. All of them take thought, foresight and intent to cheat the league, opponents and peers. Because of this, a player has no genuine excuse for breaking these rules and or laws.

    5. One difference between those previously stated wrongs compared to Ray Rice’s is that Ray Rice committed his in the heat of a moment, while those other offenses took thought, foresight and complete understanding of what was being accomplished. Making it more believable that Rice was contrite and sorry for what he had done.

    5. Goodell always evokes punishment according to the attitude of the player after speaking with the player.

    6. Goodell spoke to both Ray Rice and his wife prior to evoking the suspension. He has more knowledge of what happened, why it happened and how Ray Rice and his wife feel about it than you do. He knows Ray Rice as a person better than you do.

    7. The suspension of Ray Rice says nothing about how the NFL feels about men hitting women. It only says what they feel about this paticular situation. Stop reading into it more than it actually says. You don’t have all the information and it’s stupid to act as if you know more about it than Goodell.

  16. novajoemicmac says: Jul 30, 2014 2:54 PM

    The NFL is tone deaf. In light of the ridiculously light punishment handed out to Ray Rice, a one game suspension for such a small amount of weed (the courts threw the case out) is exceedingly harsh. Two states have legalized weed and yet Goodell and the NFL still come down with an iron fist for smoking a joint; how many states have legalized wife beating, Goodell?

  17. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 30, 2014 2:59 PM

    wiley16350 says: Jul 30, 2014 2:46 PM

    Here are some facts for you people so that at least when you complain about stuff you don’t have to lie, use half-truths or comparisons that have nothing to do with reality.

    1. Ray Rice and his wife were both arrested for domestic violence.

    2. Ray Rice didn’t serve jail time or receive a stiff penalty from the law. He just has to attend anger management classes.

    3. Ray Rice was suspended 2 games + a game check worth over $700,000. I’m not sure if he will not be paid for the 2 suspended game, it is possible that he will lose 3 game checks.

    4. No player is ever suspended for a first offense with drug abuse, PED’s or on field actions. The first time you hear of a player being suspended due to one of these things, it wasn’t the first time he was caught doing it. All of these things effect the way the league is viewed in terms of honest competition. That is why they are addressed in the CBA. The suspensions for these things automatically incur agreed upon punishments. They are not something that Goodell deliberates upon to enact punishment. All of them take thought, foresight and intent to cheat the league, opponents and peers. Because of this, a player has no genuine excuse for breaking these rules and or laws.

    5. One difference between those previously stated wrongs compared to Ray Rice’s is that Ray Rice committed his in the heat of a moment, while those other offenses took thought, foresight and complete understanding of what was being accomplished. Making it more believable that Rice was contrite and sorry for what he had done.

    5. Goodell always evokes punishment according to the attitude of the player after speaking with the player.

    6. Goodell spoke to both Ray Rice and his wife prior to evoking the suspension. He has more knowledge of what happened, why it happened and how Ray Rice and his wife feel about it than you do. He knows Ray Rice as a person better than you do.

    7. The suspension of Ray Rice says nothing about how the NFL feels about men hitting women. It only says what they feel about this paticular situation. Stop reading into it more than it actually says. You don’t have all the information and it’s stupid to act as if you know more about it than Goodell.
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    Stephen A Smith, go home!

  18. realfootballfan says: Jul 30, 2014 3:13 PM

    Aren’t you glad daddy is around to bust these players for something stupid like this? Let these guys smoke This should be the only time players get suspended for weed when it results in a legal problem. Constantly drug testing instead of just letting these guys smoke in the privacy of their own homes or wherever they do it is stupid.

  19. pammy6 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:15 PM

    Some of these suspensions are getting out of hand, especially when you look at the slap on the wrist Rice just got handed.

  20. firerogergoodellnow says: Jul 30, 2014 3:19 PM

    And still nothing happens to Irsay.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:22 PM

    Hey Ravens fan, there is quite simply no defense for what Ray Rice did. Period. He should have been suspended for much longer than the league gave him. Period.

    Anyone who defends domestic violence shows what kind of person they actually are, and its a pretty ugly view.

  22. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 30, 2014 3:25 PM

    “Stephen A Smith, go home!” -

    Wish I could have liked that twice.

  23. afcdomination says: Jul 30, 2014 3:26 PM

    not a good start for a guy who was kind of the only hope to fill the loss of Kiko. he needs to step up. so far not stepping up

  24. melikefootball says: Jul 30, 2014 3:52 PM

    Lets all shake are head, everyone that is but Ray Rice.

  25. jriege says: Jul 30, 2014 3:58 PM

    It doesn’t matter what your views on legalizing weed are. The fact is that when these players sign their NFL contracts they enter into the agreement of of all rules and regulations. The penalty should be higher for substance abuse offenses. If I fail a drug test at my job, I get fired.

  26. scw1993 says: Jul 30, 2014 3:59 PM

    I’m so far from a Bills fan….but look at the situation. Bradham gets a one game suspension for smoking a joint A YEAR ago, and rice gets two games for knocking his wife out in an elevator. What is even more sickening are the raven’s fans defending this abuser, and giving him 2 standing ovations yesterday during camp. Speaks volumes about the organization and their fans. Absolute travesty. I wonder what his next “punishment” will be when he hits her again, and yes, it will happen. Wiley you’re preaching to the choir.

  27. rextraordinaire says: Jul 30, 2014 7:01 PM

    And I thought Bills in Chicago in week one was a lopsided matchup before Alonso go hurt..

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