When it was announced that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is facing a season-long suspension from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy, many assumed that the suspension stemmed because Bryant tested positive for marijuana again.
However, the length of the suspension suggests a violation for something other than a positive marijuana test.
With the NFL deciding to forgo the usual 10 game suspension, as it applies only to a single positive test for marijuana while in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program, this would mean Bryant violated the terms of the substance abuse policy without testing positive for marijuana again.
Basically there are three possibilities when it comes to a suspension of this length: (1) a positive test for something other than marijuana; (2) failure to cooperate with testing, treatment, evaluation or other requirements under the policy or failure to cooperate with the terms of his treatment plan; or (3) at least two separate positive marijuana tests.
Bryant may have also been suspended for missing one of the mandatory tests he needed to take as part of his commitment to the NFL's substance abuse program.
Unfortunately the only way the NFL will release more information on the positive test, is if the suspension is officially announced and Bryant is banned for a year.
However this latest development makes it seem like marijuana may not have been at fault here.
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