I wrote yesterday about the NFL rumors that would be swirling around the New York Giants and Deon Grant after it was discovered Terrell Thomas had reinjured his ACL. Now, Giants safety Tyler Sash, the teams’ sixth round choice in last year’s draft, has been suspended for the first four games so violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Sash claims he took the prescription drug Adderall under a doctor’s care to help him cope with anxiety issues related to public speaking appearances he did during the offseason. Adderall is mainly used to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by helping people to focus. It works by changing certain substances in the brain.
However, because it is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine it is banned by the NFL. Giants running back Andre Brown was also suspended for failing a drug test because of Adderall but he won his appeal and will not miss any games.
The drug test in question for Sash was failed in March and Sash maintains that he is not a cheater and frowns on people who use performance enhancing drugs to gain an edge over their competition. Adderall is listed on page 5 of the NFL’s list of banned substances under Section III, “Certain Stimulants.” Adderall is listed as an amphetamine and the brand name Adderall is listed as one of three examples along with “Greenies” and “Speed.” The NFL also lists Pseudoephedrine, commonly known as Sudafed, unless properly prescribed by club personnel.
Without Sash for the first four games, assuming he doesn’t appeal and win his appeal like Brown did earlier this year, the Giants will almost certainly turn to Deon Grant. Grant has been with the Giants for the past two seasons and played an integral role in the Giants defense. However, the Giants opted to go with a younger core in their secondary and did not re-sign Grant.
Before Terrell Thomas’ injury and before Sash’s suspension, Grant had said he remained confident he would re-sign with the Giants. GM Jerry Reese did not close the door on that possibility when he was asked about Grant’s comments last week. Now, it seems even more likely.