Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson has been suspended by the NFL for ten games after violating their substance abuse policy, according to a statement from the team.
Henderson’s agent told the Associated Press that the suspension stems from his client using marijuana to relieve the effects of Crohn’s disease.
“His situation is unique, but the drug policy doesn’t line up with the uniqueness. It’s disappointing,” his agent, Brian Fettner, told the news outlet.
He called the league’s decision “heartbreaking” and that it can’t be appealed because the NFL doesn’t allow an exemption for medical marijuana use.
“The reality is, the NFL’s position has been if you need medical marijuana then you’re too sick to play,” he said. “But that’s just not the case for Seantrel Henderson.”
According to the outlet, Henderson was diagnosed with Crohn’s a year ago and had two operations on his intestines last offseason. He had a section of diseased tissue removed in January, and then had his intestines reattached in April.
Medical studies have shown that marijuana has been shown to quiet symptoms in many patients who suffer from the inflammatory bowel disease.
This is Henderson’s second drug policy violation. He also missed the first four games of the season after testing positive for marijuana.
Now he will have to sit out the final five games of the season, and the suspension will carry on either into the playoffs or next season.