Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for 10 games after another violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension begins this week with the Raiders game and would include postseason games if the Bills get there.
If they don’t, he can’t play again until week 6 in 2017.
It’s the second time Henderson has been suspended this season. He opened the year with a four game ban.
Since suspensions don’t happen on the first positive test, the 10-game suspension must be the result of, at least, a third violation.
Henderson is still recovering from a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease during last season. He spent several days in the hospital and had multiple operations in the offseason.
Marijuana has been proven an effective treatment against the symptoms of Crohn’s, but it is banned by the NFL.
The league nor the Bills confirmed this was the drug that caused the positive test.
Henderson’s agent, Brian Fettner told the Associated Press medical marijuana was the reason for the suspension. Henderson cannot appeal.
“The NFL’s position has been if you need medical marijuana then you’re too sick to play,” Fettner said to the AP.
The Bills did not wade into the waters of that controversy on Tuesday, issuing the following statement:
“The league has notified us of the suspension and we are moving forward with our preparations to play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.”
Henderson would be eligible to participate in offseason workouts and any games or practices in the preseason.