Aqib Talib: Buccaneers CB Suspended 4 Games for Taking Adderall

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib (25) returns an interception in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
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In the latest incident in what has been a troubling pattern of off-field behavior, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has been suspended by the NFL for four games for using Adderall, according to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson:

Standout cornerback Aqib Talib suspended four games by NFL for use of Adderall, Buccaneers announce.

— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 13, 2012

Widely used to treat patients with attention-deficit disorder, Adderall has become a drug of choice (especially among college students) for those looking for an extra boost in concentration.

While it's unclear why or when Talib took the medication, according to ProFootballTalk, the NFL "allows players to take it (Adderall) if they go through the proper channels and can demonstrate a medical need to use it."

Though this is his first known run-in with the substance-abuse policy, it should be noted that this is not Talib's first run-in with the league office.

The fifth-year cornerback was suspended one game in 2010, and he narrowly escaped another suspension after being charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon in 2011 (those charges were ultimately dropped, per ESPN).

At this point in his career, you have to wonder how much longer the Buccaneers organization will continue to put up with these antics. For his part, head coach Greg Schiano did not seem pleased with his cornerback (via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport):

Bucs announce CB Aqib Talib has been suspended for taking Adderrall. Schiano: "He knows that he made a poor decision that let our team down"

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 13, 2012

Regardless of how the team plays while he is suspended, it seems like Talib will have to prove himself to teammates and coaches before regaining his spot in the lineup.