Seantrel Henderson’s 10-game suspension for violating the National Football League’s substance abuse policy has been upheld by the league, according to a CBS report. The Buffalo Bills offensive tackle was banned for testing positive for cannabis, which he was prescribed to treat his Crohn’s disease. Henderson underwent two surgeries on his intestines to treat the disease during the last offseason.
This is the second suspension this season for Henderson, having already served a four-game suspension for the same infraction. He is set to miss the final five games of this year’s regular season and the first five games of the 2017/2018 regular season if the Bills miss the playoffs this year. According to an NFL spokesman, he will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
“The league has notified us of the suspension and we are moving forward with our preparations to play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday,” the Buffalo Bills said in a statement.
According to previous reports, Henderson’s agent Brian Fettner indicated the tackle would consider suing the league if the suspension was upheld.
“His situation is unique, but the drug policy doesn’t line up with the uniqueness. It’s disappointing,” Fettner said in a Democrat & Chronicle report following the decision. “They’ll give you painkillers by the bottle, which are far, far worse than cannabis. For some reason, the NFL isn’t there yet.”
Henderson was also suspended for cannabis use in college before his Crohn’s diagnosis.