For the second time this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have one of their cornerbacks suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs as Eric Wright has been banned by the league.
Wright will be suspended for four games for testing positive for the use of Adderall without a prescription just as former Bucs and now New England Patriots corner back Aqib Talib was earlier this season. Tampa Bay traded Talib to New England three weeks into his suspension and then the corner served the final game of his suspension as a member of the Patriots.
Adderall is a brand name psycho-stimulant drug that is used for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy–with a prescription.
Since Wright didn’t have a prescription to use the drug, he is subject to penalty of violating the league’s policy on the use of performance enhancing drugs. Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano informed members of the media about Wright’s suspension following the team’s practice on Monday afternoon.
Wright was one of the biggest off-season acquisitions made by the Bucs last spring, signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract in March after spending last season with the Detroit Lions. So far this season Wright has recorded 39 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in 10 games. Wright missed the Bucs’ last game, a 24-23 loss to the Atlanta Falcons due to an Achilles tendon injury. It is expected that undrafted rookie free agent Leonard Johnson will start in place of Wright at one of the two starting corner back positions.