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Bills' Henderson reportedly facing four-game ban

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Sep 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 12:32:56-04

When the Bills opened up the first practice week of the 2016 regular season, they were greeted by the good news of pivotal players returning in full from various injuries. One day later, the bad news has reared its ugly head once more.

Bills reserve tackle Seantrel Henderson, who started 26 games for the Bills over the previous two seasons, is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to multiple reports. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the offense is for marijuana usage, and according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, it was used to help treat Henderson's battle with Crohn's disease.

Asked for comment, Bills head coach Rex Ryan acknowledged the reports on Wednesday, ahead of practice, that it's a league disciplinary issue and he wasn't going to offer up any further comment.

"If the league's not commenting on it, I'm certainly not commenting on it," Ryan said Wednesday morning.

The head coach also added that the Bills have programs in place for their players to make good decisions, and wouldn't comment on the league's current policy on marijuana more than this:

 

 

Henderson was activated from the Non-Football Illness reserve list just two weeks ago after his battle with Crohn's disease started in December of 2015. He was able to play in Washington for the team's third preseason game, but sat out all last week of practice.

Henderson, despite the ongoing situation, was on the practice field on Wednesday.

 

 

More to come as it becomes available.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia