The Buffalo Bills announced Tuesday that the NFL has suspended RT Seantrel Henderson for the team’s next 10 regular-season and/or postseason games.
Here’s a statement from the NFL:
“Seantrel Henderson of the Buffalo Bills has been suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 regular-season and/or postseason games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Henderson’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.”
The Bills released the following statement regarding the news:
“The league has notified us of the suspension and we are moving forward with our preparations to play the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.”
Last week, reports surfaced that Henderson was facing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse but was appealing the ruling.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that Henderson was the subject of trade talks ahead of this year’s deadline. However, the Bills were unable to swing a deal, even though there were some notable teams in the market for an offensive tackle like the Vikings and Seahawks.
Henderson previously served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s drug policy, which he later explained was due to the use of medicinal marijuana to treat his disease.
“I’ve got doctors telling me this is the No. 1 medicine that would help your disease,” Henderson said last month. “You try to tell that to the league and it seems like they didn’t care too much.”
Henderson, 24, is a former seventh-round pick of the Bills back in 2014. He’s in the third year of his four-year, $2,270,880 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $600,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Henderson has been active for one game.