Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the end of last season and missed 5 games. He turned to cannabis to ease the pain, swelling and to get his Crohn’s under control. The NFL handed him a 4 game suspension because of testing positive for marijuana in his system, but he needs his medicine.
It’s the beginning of the long waited season for the NFL and it is starting out bad for Buffalo Bills OT, Seantrel Henderson. Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the end of last season and missed 5 games. He turned to cannabis to ease the pain, swelling and to get his Crohn’s under control. The NFL handed him a 4 game suspension because of testing positive for marijuana in his system, but he needs his medicine. It is time for the NFL to reevaluate their stance on debilitating diseases managed by cannabis. Do you think he should be allowed to use his own medicine?
Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The positive test was apparently caused by a treatment for Crohn’s disease and the suspension is under appeal, a source told Schefter. While some reports have indicated marijuana was the cause of the positive test, sources tell ESPN marijuana is only part of the equation.
Henderson, 24, tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in 2014, a source told Schefter. He also was suspended while playing at the University of Miami for failed drug tests. Henderson’s history with substance abuse caused some teams to remove him from their draft boards.
Ryan said the Bills have a program in place to steer players clear of danger.
Henderson missed the final five games of last season after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, an inflammatory condition that affects the digestive system.
The third-year tackle told The Palm Beach Post last month that he underwent surgery in January to remove 2½ feet of his intestines, resulting in him losing nearly 50 pounds and having to wear an ileostomy bag until his intestines were reattached in April.
Henderson’s weight dropped to 281 following the surgery, but he regained most of his lost weight by the time he returned to practice Aug. 22. He is now on a strict diet that prevents him from eating gluten or certain vegetables.
Henderson’s suspension is the team’s third substance-abuse suspension since the summer. Former running back Karlos Williams was suspended four games in July and later released, while Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will miss the first four games of this season for what he called a missed drug test.