UPDATE: On his official Facebook page, ESPN’s Adam Schefter posted this statement from Henderson’s agent:
In what has to be a frustrating addition to an already tumultuous offseason for Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, tackle Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He will not appeal. The team released a statement earlier this afternoon, and Chris Brown shared his thoughts via the team website.
The largest takeaway from Brown’s write-up comes from the middle of the article, where he said:
“There were reports this week that Henderson would appeal the suspension as those reports indicated his positive test was related to his medical condition that has made for a difficult road back to the field for the third-year offensive lineman. Obviously Henderson and the team decided the best approach would be to serve the suspension.
Henderson missed more than half of training camp and appeared in just one preseason game. Earlier this week even he admitted that he’s not back to full strength.
“I don’t feel like I’m a full 100-percent, still getting back, I’ve only had two practices and a preseason game,” Henderson said. “But I feel like I’m moving forward and getting better every day.”’
With Henderson’s health status seemingly up in the air, the team may have felt it was in Henderson’s best interests to take the time to work his way back to full strength rather than appealing the suspension. In any case, the Bills are likely to open the season with Cordy Glenn, Jordan Mills, and Cyrus Koundjio as the only tackles on the active roster. Henderson is slotted as the team’s No. 4 offensive tackle.
According to various reports, including this one from Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, kickoff specialist Jordan Gay is expected to take Henderson’s place on the 53-man roster.