Patriots receiver Brian Tyms facing four-game suspension


Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms made the most of his chance to play in the team’s first preseason game, catching five passes for 119 yards and drawing a 34-yard pass interference penalty on another throw his way.

Tyms was not playing with the first team, but it was the kind of performance that could open up that possibility as the rest of the preseason unfolds for a Patriots team that’s somewhat unsettled when it comes to their wide receiver depth chart. Tyms’ case is hampered by the fact that he’s facing a four-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

The league does not reveal the substance, but Tyms says it was Adderall.

“I’ve had a prescription for it since I was 9,” Tyms said, via “It costs money to get all that stuff situated. Money which I didn’t have to spend. It was my fault. I shoulda brought it to the NFL and said, ‘Hey, I take this from time to time before it got to that point.’ But it wasn’t like I’m using it as something to boost my ratings. I been taking it since I was 9. That and Ritalin. I can’t worry about that. I put that in God’s hands. I just come out and try to play to get on this team.”

Tyms will be able to continue to try to do that for the rest of the summer, but he’ll need to show the Patriots that he’ll be able to help the team enough once the suspension is up that they’ll stick with him through the first four weeks when he can’t practice with the club at all. A couple more preseason performances like the first one will go a long way toward making that case.

42 responses to “Patriots receiver Brian Tyms facing four-game suspension

  1. calhounlambeau says:
    Aug 11, 2014 10:01 AM
    Dude is lying. What a joke.

    easy enough to check his medical history…but why do that when we can just jump to conclusions?

  2. This will actually keep him around for a longer look since he won’t count against the 53-man roster while on suspension. He could end up supplanting someone like Boyce.

  3. floratiotime says:

    Adderall is a masking agent for steroids. It’s used to confound the tests.

    No its not actually. Its a stimulant that helps you focus and gives you more energy.

  4. In all honesty, what’s a 4-game vacation that allows you to rest and later use your newly-roided out body in a 12-game season?

    Even if they lose money now, the long-term investment of getting better play on film will pay dividends in the long run when it’s new-contract time.

  5. If you have a prescription and take a drug you get it cleared. It’s simple. You report it. These people getting busted for ADD drugs are lying. It’s as simple as that. Nobody with an ADD drug prescription isn’t going to report it. The people getting busted are cheating.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 11, 2014 10:19 AM

    No its not actually. Its a stimulant that helps you focus and gives you more energy.


    I’m pretty sure everyone is aware that Adderall is a focus-improving stimulant, but in the NFL players use it to mask steroid use. I think you completely missed what he was saying there LOL.

  7. You put that in God’s hands….in other words….Roger Goodell. Decisions you choose to make when you have the logic to understand the rights/wrongs in the NFL. Then you gonna go cry to God and hope he bails you out.

  8. “No its not actually. Its a stimulant that helps you focus and gives you more energy.”

    That’s not how it’s being used in athletics. Players assume … correctly … that there’s less of a stigma attached to Adderall use. So if they get caught they’d rather be caught for that.

  9. All sorts of NFL players have been caught for adderall. They should all know it is banned.
    Excuse my ignorance. I have heard that it is taken as:
    (a) a brain stimulant to help the brain focus.
    (b) a powerful sexual enhancer.
    (c) a masking agent in detecting steroid testing.
    (d) all of the above.
    What is the most likely answer?

  10. Doesn’t the suspension mean he tested positive more than once?

    If it was prescribed, wouldn’t he have worked out the issue after the 1st time?

  11. In spite of his infamous “ickybaluky” call I’d still rather have Arnold doing the Pats games. Socci may be the worst football play-by-play guy ever.

  12. If you are suspended for testing positive and you get 4 games it means you were in stage 3 of the drug program. Which means he had 2 opportunities after his first 2 failed tests to bring it to the attention of the league.

    He is either incredibly lazy or more likely he isn’t being truthful about what it is he was taking.

  13. Guys get high on Adderall just like any other drug. It’s in the PED category because it’s a stimulant. If a guy is skinny af like Sherman or this guy, I wouldn’t be jumping to the steroid conclusion. It’s more likely they were either partying or using it during games. On the other hand, if you’re looking like a freaking bodybuilder and you claim Adderall, you’re probably got some gear in your system.

  14. I really think PFT posts these anti-Patriots stories just to get the Patriots haters out of the woodwork. People are just jealous of the ongoing Patriot’s dynasty that has been going on for the better part of a decade now.

  15. So, he cheats, and he ‘s able to draw bogus PI penalties. Future team MVP right there.

  16. amishninjas says:
    Aug 11, 2014 11:30 AM
    If you are suspended for testing positive and you get 4 games it means you were in stage 3 of the drug program. Which means he had 2 opportunities after his first 2 failed tests to bring it to the attention of the league.
    Incorrect. Stage 3 is a one-year ban. Four game suspension means he was in Stage 2.

  17. I think some of you are confusing the performance enhancing drug policy with the recreational/drugs of abuse policy. If you test positive for a PED (elevated testosterone, Adderall, etc), you sit for 4 games. This isn’t like the recreational drug policy where you get a second chance.

    As far as the commentors saying that players are using Adderall as a masking agent, I think I know what they’re getting at. In the truest sense of the word, they are not using Adderall as a masking agent for steroids (Clomid would be a true masking agent). I think they mean that the players know that the NFL won’t say specifically what the player was suspended for, so they now all use the “Adderall Defense” (like the Chewbacca defense). “I was suspended for PED’s because I didn’t get a Therapuetic Use Exemption for the league for my prescribed ADD medication” has much less of a stigma than steroids.

    The NFL/NFLPA unfortunately didn’t separate stimulants from this policy like MLB did a few years ago (suspensions are 25 games for stimulants, 50 games for other PED’s).

  18. Everyone loves to point out how everyone else is wrong here, so allow me to correct a few of you misinformed posters who are correcting others with your misinformation.

    First, just cause he says he popped for adderall doesn’t mean he did; the NFL doesn’t tell ya so players feel like they can just point to adderall or other “supplements” that they simply thought were ok to take.

    Second, and I quote, “Adderall is correctly listed under Stimulants.
    Bumetanide is listed correctly as a Masking Agent/Diuretic.

    Here’s the rub. Under that section is a line that states; and related substances. Since Adderall is a stimulant with diuretic properties, it can be misconstrued very easily as a masking agent.

    Most of those listed under the diuretics section are powerful loop diuretics. In simple terms you will pee like a race horse. Adderall makes you pee like coffee does.”

  19. I hate the fact that the players play the Adderall card like they do. IMO if the player says anything about discipline from the league, the league should be free to release the actual results. Better yet, since players so consistently claim it’s Adderall, the NFL should just release the test results to back up any discipline given. But of course, the NFLPA would never allow this.

  20. That’s funny, just mention Patriots and the same haters come out of the woodwork like roaches when you turn the lights out. I believe he tested positive in April. He was not with the “cheaters” at that time but don’t let that ruin your day.

  21. Why don’t you explain that to us, instead of just deleting the post? I’m curious about that. It’s never made any sense.

  22. Could someone intelligent please explain to me how a rule that came out in 06, and a reminder memo that came out in preseason 06, and the pats were caught in game one had a dam thing to do with any of there three sb championships that they won years prior. Just sayin’

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