Seantrel Henderson Suspended: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Seantrel Henderson #66 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates during NFL game action against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the team announced Friday. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news on Sept. 7. Schefter also reported that Henderson's positive test was due to a treatment for his Crohn's disease.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Henderson tested positive for marijuana, which can be used to treat the pain associated with Crohn's disease.

Henderson's agent, Brian Fettner, released a statement on the decision to drop their appeal, per ESPN's Mike Rodak:

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

Here is Seantrel Henderson's agent, Brian Fettner's statement to @AdamSchefter upon dropping appeal https://t.co/nHqTZT0bMn

Henderson was diagnosed with the digestive condition last December, and it caused him to miss the final five games of the 2015 season. 

As Rodak noted, substance abuse suspensions have become an issue for the Bills:

Mike Rodak @mikerodak

This is the Bills' third substance-abuse policy suspension this year, which could result in the NFL fining the club under remittance policy.

While Henderson returned to practice in August, head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday (via WKBW's Joe Buscaglia) that he wasn't sure whether the 24-year-old would dress for the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bills selected Henderson in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft out of Miami (Florida), and he started all 16 games as a rookie at right tackle. He started an additional 10 games last season, but Crohn's disease cut his year short.

With Henderson still working his way back and now facing a suspension, Jordan Mills is listed as Buffalo's starter at right tackle. Former second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio likely becomes the swing tackle as the backup behind both Mills and left tackle Cordy Glenn in Henderson's potential absence.

Being without Henderson would hurt the Bills' depth, but with Glenn and a pair of Pro Bowlers in guard Richie Incognito and center Eric Wood serving as starters, Buffalo still boasts one of the NFL's top offensive lines.


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