Buffalo Bills right tackle Seantrel Henderson is facing a second NFL suspension this season, The Buffalo News has learned.
Henderson was not on the field as the team practiced Thursday morning. He was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and not listed on the injury report.
A league source said Henderson missed practice for a doctor’s appointment – on Thanksgiving – in relation to his ongoing battle with Crohn’s disease. Henderson served a four-game suspension to start the 2016 season for violating the NFL's drug policy. The reason for that suspension, according to Henderson, was his use of medicinal marijuana to treat the 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 underwent two separate surgeries after he was diagnosed with Crohn’s late last year, during which doctors removed more than 80 centimeters of his infected intenstines.
Henderson has a history of marijuana use dating back to his college career at Miami, when he was suspended at least three times for it. But he insisted last month that his use in the NFL was only to treat his condition.
“I hadn’t even been thinking about marijuana until it was brought up to me by a doctor,” he said. “Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve been in the program. I got drug tested three times a week. There’s no recreational use. There’s none of that.”
Any suspension of Henderson is not expected this week, according to the source, but a decision is expected shortly thereafter.