While most everything else surrounding Deflategate remains a confusing, convoluted mess, the rules that kicked in at 4 p.m. Saturday for Tom Brady’s involuntary, 30-day NFL sabbatical are simple and straightforward: zero contact.
Sure, the rules forbid Brady from any contact with the NFL. But they don’t say anything about the Canadian Football League, am I right? It just so happens that a professional football team in Montreal, a mere 300-mile commute up I-89, is currently dead last in the CFL’s East division standings and scoring. Look, if the CFL was good enough for Warren Moon and Doug Flutie, it can help Brady, too. If in September you suddenly see a guy named Bom Trady leading the CFL in passing yards, don’t be confused. You heard it here, first. This plan has zero downside. Injuries? Canada has universal health care. Montreal is home to the Molson brewery headquarters. And the cooler weather only gives Tom — I mean Bom — a head start on showing off this season’s new line of Ugg boots.
The positive test was apparently caused by a treatment for Crohn’s disease and the suspension is under appeal, a source told Schefter. While some reports have indicated marijuana was the cause of the positive test, sources tell ESPN marijuana is only part of the equation.
Bills coach Rex Ryan wouldn’t comment on specifics of the suspension, but he said the team would fill the void.
“We’ll be prepared for whatever happens, obviously,” he said. “For us, any time, with any situation, our board is set up to where you got the top free agents available — whatever the situation is, through injury or whatever — our pro personnel department is on top of it.”
Henderson, 24, tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in 2014, a source told Schefter. He also was suspended while playing at the University of Miami for failed drug tests. Henderson’s history with substance abuse caused some teams to remove him from their draft boards.
“I was weak,” Henderson told the newspaper. “At first I couldn’t stand up on my own. I felt so weak. It was terrible. I didn’t like it at all. I kept walking and walking around the hospital.”
Henderson’s weight dropped to 281 following the surgery, but he regained most of his lost weight by the time he returned to practice Aug. 22. He is now on a strict diet that prevents him from eating gluten or certain vegetables.