Odom Suspended Next Four Games
CINCINNATI (AP) — The NFL rejected Antwan
Odom’s appeal on Friday and suspended the Bengals defensive end four
games for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Odom was suspended before the start of
the season but appealed, hoping to have the suspension reduced or
eliminated. The league stuck with the full four games.
He would have likely missed the next
couple of games anyway. Odom hurt his right knee during a 24-21 loss to
Tampa Bay on Sunday and wore a brace this week. The Bengals (2-3) have
their bye this weekend.
After the rest of the team worked out on
Wednesday before dispersing, Odom said he would probably be sidelined
for a game or two after the bye because of the knee injury. He’ll be
eligible to return from the suspension on Monday, Nov. 15 and would be
eligible to play a home game against Buffalo the following Sunday.
Odom contended he didn’t use a
performance-enhancing drug. When the suspension was revealed in the
preseason, he tweeted: “Yes, I tested positive for a banned substance
but it wasn’t steroids or (performance-enhancing drugs). More details to
come but for now it’s a league issue that’s under appeal. Just know
that I would never cheat to gain an edge in this game that I love.”
The league doesn’t reveal which
substance was involved.
Odom tore his right Achilles’ tendon
last season, but made a full recovery and was ready for training camp.
He has started three games and missed time with an injured left wrist.
Odom led the team with eight sacks last season even though he played in
only six games because of the injury.
He has no sacks and only eight tackles
— tied for 12th on the team — this season.