By Kyra Hallett
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may lose another cornerback to suspension due to use of an illegal substance. Eric Wright is the second Bucs player in two weeks to be accused of using Adderall. The NFL has not come out with a ruling yet, but it is looking like he will face a four-game suspension like Aqib Talib. Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reported the story first on Sunday.
Talib still has one week left in his suspension and is due back November 5 for Week 10 versus the San Diego Chargers. He took full responsibility for his actions and did not appeal.
“Around the beginning of training camp, I made a mistake by taking an Adderall pill without a prescription. This is especially regrettable because, for the past several months, with Coach Schiano’s help, I’ve worked very hard to improve myself — professionally and personally — as a player and a man. I am truly sorry to my teammates, coaches and Buccaneers fans, and I’m disappointed in myself. I will work diligently every day of this suspension to stay in top football shape and be ready to help this team in the second half of the season. I have chosen to be immediately accountable for the situation I put myself in, which is why I will not exercise my appeal rights and will begin serving the suspension immediately.”
It is unclear what will happen with Wright. Like Talib, this isn’t the first time Wright has been in trouble. He was arrested in the offseason for suspicion of driving under the influence in Los Angeles. The charges were later dropped.
The Bucs signed him to a five-year, $38 million contract in March. Wright has started all seven games, racking up 31 tackles, one interception and defended eight passes. He is a six-year veteran, getting drafted by the Cleveland Brown in 2007. He signed with the Detroit Lions in 2011. Wright has a career total of 354 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, 14 interceptions and two touchdowns.
The Bucs nor their general manager Mark Dominik have spoken out about Wright as of Sunday night.
Adderall has been the new popular drug in the NFL. The league made it a banned substance in 2006 and is under the third part of the Banned Substance List as a stimulate. Adderall is used for people who are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Football players tend to use the drug for anxiety, concentrating on learning the playbook, blocking out excess noise on the field, dropping weight, moving faster, and partying.
Earlier in the season, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden was suspended for testing positive for Adderall along with a pair of New York Giants’ defensive backs, Tyler Sash and Will Hill. Several players do use the drug with a physician prescription due to having ADHD. That player must notify the league and provide a valid prescription for the medication.
If Wright does get suspended, he likely wont be back till early December for Week 13 against the Denver Broncos. Look for rookie Leonard Johnson to step-up and take his spot. Johnson got the start Thursday night over Myron Lewis who was inactive for the game.
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.