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Report: Bills’ Seantrel Henderson appealing four-game suspension

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with the fans after the game against the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills have another player facing a suspension.

Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Henderson is currently appealing the suspension, which means he’s eligible to play for now.

A 2014 seventh-round pick out of Miami, Henderson dropped in the draft because of off-field concerns, and he admitted that marijuana use had led to multiple suspensions at Miami. He started all 16 games as a rookie and 10 games last year but is currently listed as a backup.

The Bills have also had Marcell Dareus and Karlos Williams suspended four games this season. Dareus has since entered rehab and Williams has been released.

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34 Responses to “Report: Bills’ Seantrel Henderson appealing four-game suspension”
  1. macneileric says: Sep 7, 2016 10:45 AM

    Guess you didn’t want to mention he tested positive as a result of treatment for Crohn’s Disease, huh?

  2. bringbackflutie says: Sep 7, 2016 10:46 AM

    The substance in question was apparently issued to Henderson to help him recover from Crohn’s disease and the associated surgery that he had this past offseason.

    Should be interesting to see what the NFLPA has to say about this.

  3. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 7, 2016 10:47 AM

    Well its a good thing they ” won the offseason “………..

  4. ohand16 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:49 AM

    Thankfully the Pegulas are bringing class and integrity to this organization. They could make the Raiders blush.

  5. pioniere says: Sep 7, 2016 10:53 AM

    Goodell’s reign of error continues…

  6. sven233 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:54 AM

    WHY DON’T YOU TELL EVERYONE THE WHOLE STORY INSTEAD OF LETTING EVERYONE ASSUME HE IS JUST ANOTHER IDIOT?

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter

    Bills’ OT Seantrel Henderson’s pending substance-abuse suspension is related to a treatment he received for his Crohn’s disease.

    The suspension, if it happens is a JOKE. The man has a very serious illness and he is being treated medically for it. He is not just doing this for recreational purposes.

  7. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    This is where I’m supposed to say “oh shucks, Roger finally came after my team so I agree with Patriots fans now”, right? Nah, Patriots still cheated.

  8. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 11:06 AM

    Not to try and sound like a total homer, but, just legalize the stuff already and pressure the NFL on their stance. It’s unfortunate guys like Seantrel get tossed in with the same crowd as guys like Marcell. The guy has Crohn’s disease, you don’t think smoking a J doesn’t help in the slightest? Now, this is just speculation that the substance abuse is pot, and not something else. Maybe he should just sit during the anthem and all will be forgiven.

  9. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 7, 2016 11:17 AM

    He is appealing on the grounds that the marijuana was prescribed to him as a legitimate treatment for his Chrons disease which put him in extreme pain, caused over 50 lbs of weight loss and required surgery to remove several feet of intestine

    Itll be interesting to see how this goes. The NFL normally does not care about medical use, but considering hes gone from career ending to competing for his starting job back, you cannot argue that it hasnt medically worked for him

  10. uglydingo says: Sep 7, 2016 11:29 AM

    To get a 4 game suspension Henderson must have tested positive on previous occasion(s). Knowing that he has Crohn’s disease, why didn’t the Bills resolve this matter with the NFL a long time ago. Either the Bills team doctor prescribed pot use or he didn’t. If pot is a legitimate treatment for this disease, this incident should never have surfaced or maybe the NFLPA is seeking a test case to steer the NFL to a more liberal policy.

  11. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 11:31 AM

    The poor sap went about it all wrong. He should have hooked his wife up with the Guyer clinic for some HGH….

  12. joetoronto says: Sep 7, 2016 11:39 AM

    Rules are rules, just suspend baby.

  13. megnailsit says: Sep 7, 2016 11:40 AM

    Aww, sorry Bills fans but the NFL thought you were fine with circumstantial judgements and not telling THE WHOLE STORY INSTEAD OF LETTING EVERYONE ASSUME, when it meant Brady would be off the field for four games (for an equipment violation, not to mention draft picks and a fat fine). I feel your pain.

  14. canadianbillsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 11:44 AM

    I guess you guys forgot that the Bills released Karlos Williams 2 weeks ago….

  15. jeffreyshulenburg says: Sep 7, 2016 11:58 AM

    To get a 4 game suspension Henderson must have tested positive on previous occasion(s). Knowing that he has Crohn’s disease, why didn’t the Bills resolve this matter with the NFL a long time ago. Either the Bills team doctor prescribed pot use or he didn’t. If pot is a legitimate treatment for this disease, this incident should never have surfaced or maybe the NFLPA is seeking a test case to steer the NFL to a more liberal policy.

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    The team doctor wasnt involved with his Chrons treatment. He left the team late last season for surgery and recovery related to it. My guess is that it was his personal doctor and specialist who prescribed it to him. And he foolishly assumed that because a doctor told him to take it that it would be alright. So the impasse we are at is, if personal doctors are prescribing it for treatment, but the NFL lists it as a recreational drug and controlled substance, who is in the right. Obviously both are. So will the NFL put its foot down and say that players cannot control their own health or will they cave under pressure from the NFLPA to allow special and limited medical use as directed by legitimate doctors. This stands to be one of the bigger sticking points in the 2022 CBA

  16. mjd08501 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:01 PM

    I guess it’s just more fun to push the “Bills are a clown show” narrative than it is to report the facts of the situation that Henderson smoked to manage pain from his debilitating disease in hopes of leading a normal life and maybe playing again.

    It is actually possible to rip the NFL and Goodell for what they did to Brady and the Patriots as well as objectively reporting on other teams. Try it sometime.

  17. RegisHawk says: Sep 7, 2016 12:04 PM

    IIRC, you can apply for an exemption for certain drugs. Josh Freeman’s case was one such example…he had a prescription for Adderal, but screwed up the application for the exemption, so they tagged him 4 games. It’s called responsibility and it’s past time these (spoiled? millenial? just plain stupid?) players started exhibiting some. The League doesn’t exist to do their work for them.

  18. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 12:09 PM

    Me: This is where I’m supposed to say “oh shucks, Roger finally came after my team so I agree with Patriots fans now”, right? Nah, Patriots still cheated.

    ——

    Pats fan: Aww, sorry Bills fans but the NFL thought you were fine with circumstantial judgements and not telling THE WHOLE STORY INSTEAD OF LETTING EVERYONE ASSUME, when it meant Brady would be off the field for four games (for an equipment violation, not to mention draft picks and a fat fine). I feel your pain.

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    Strange, huh?

  19. unclebluck says: Sep 7, 2016 12:12 PM

    Adam Sheffer and ESPN in general are nothing more than tabloid journalism carnival barkers at this point. Thanks for writing/reporting a half truth of a story Adam…..

  20. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:16 PM

    buffalostarwarsfan says:
    Sep 7, 2016 10:55 AM

    This is where I’m supposed to say “oh shucks, Roger finally came after my team so I agree with Patriots fans now”, right? Nah, Patriots still cheated.
    ———————

    Roger didn’t come after your team, and he doesn’t waste his time with perennial bottom feeders that lost the Super Bowl 4 years in a row.

    That said, he is coming after your owner to build a new stadium.

  21. buffalosunshine says: Sep 7, 2016 12:27 PM

    what does him being suspended in college for smoking pot have to do with him using a prescribed drug for a life threatening medical issue? This is nonsense and an attempt to make the guy look like a knucklehead.

  22. inyourmind says: Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM

    Nice to see bills are playing fair,where’s the outrage,that aint cheating, 3 guys suspended ,pats got one guy and the haters flock,

  23. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 12:50 PM

    If it’s for PED he did not have to test positive one time before. They ruled in 2014 first time PED offense was auto 4 game suspension.

    But as said , if this player had that kind of surgery and Crohn’s disease any medication he had to take should be discounted on a PED test

  24. blessedunliketherest says: Sep 7, 2016 12:57 PM

    This is where I’m supposed to say “oh shucks, Roger finally came after my team so I agree with Patriots fans now”, right? Nah, Patriots still cheated.
    _________________________________________

    No, not at all. This is where you are supposed to sulk and remind yourself that the actual season is upon us. You will have to go through another 6 months of watching the pathetic Buffalo Bills attempt to play football. It must be embarrassing and depressing at the same time. The only thing worse then the cesspool they call Buffalo are the lonely Bills franchise.

  25. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 12:58 PM

    At least he’s owning up to his violations unlike Tammy Brady.

  26. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM

    But if it is for pot then yes , as someone pointed out. He failed a prior test.

  27. buffalosunshine says: Sep 7, 2016 1:27 PM

    so if he was prescribed pot for pain as opposed to prescribed a bunch of pills that is a bad thing? I hear pill popping isn’t a problem at all.

  28. buffalosunshine says: Sep 7, 2016 1:32 PM

    PS… his failed test were in college and had nothing to do with having Chron’s disease.. this is a totally different issue

  29. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 7, 2016 1:43 PM

    The daily dance of the under informed continues here at PFT, no one testing positive for marijuana gets suspended for a first or even second offense of the substance abuse policy. Regardless of the underlying medical condition, for which we should all feel empathy, the fact remains if he is getting a four game suspension he was already in stage 2 of the substance abuse policy meaning he was subject to zero tolerance and should have governed himself accordingly. It sucks but it is what it is

  30. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 7, 2016 1:53 PM

    No, not at all. This is where you are supposed to sulk and remind yourself that the actual season is upon us. You will have to go through another 6 months of watching the pathetic Buffalo Bills attempt to play football. It must be embarrassing and depressing at the same time. The only thing worse then the cesspool they call Buffalo are the lonely Bills franchise.

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    I enjoy watching the Bills, even when they lose. I’m excited for the season. If my team was winning, I’d enjoy it and not spend all my time crying about the commissioner having some sort of conspiracy against my team. I can’t imagine being as depressed as Patriots fans are on these comment boards all the time even though my team is winning. Guess that’s what happens when all of your successes have been called into question.

  31. nhpats says: Sep 7, 2016 2:01 PM

    I think he has a case for being able to smoke weed as a condition of having to live in Buffalo. I mean, who would really want to do that?

  32. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:19 PM

    He failed the piss test at the combine and he had to fail it again prof to this ignite pot. Granted , he has a bad disease but he also has an agent that should know if exemption could be granted. Then again the agent could pick up the phone and call th NFL and NFLPA for guidance That’s IF the agent knew about it at all.

    I don’t see the NFL giving way on this. It would open a plethora of players saying they have this or that and get some side show Dr to write a script for Pot Half of the league would be high on game day
    Think about it.

  33. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 2:20 PM

    In my opinion it sounds like Henderson is not the sharpest pencil in the box.

  34. megnailsit says: Sep 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    At least he’s owning up to his violations unlike Tammy Brady.

    So appealing his suspension is owning up?

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