The Buffalo Bills have a few reasons to be excited and a few reasons to be weary entering the 2013 season as they prepare to compete in the AFC East. Drafting E.J. Manuel was questionable at first, but after how he’s performed so far in the preseason there looks to be some promise. C.J. Spiller looks great and fans are excited to see what he can do in another anticipated campaign.
One other player that has emerged as a solid contributor is second year linebacker Nigel Bradham, who added 57 tackles in his rookie season in 2012. This season, the starting linebacker was looking to improve upon his first year after being drafted out of Florida State in the 4th round of last spring’s draft.
The sophomore linebacker ran into a bit of a bump in the road this week, though, when he was charged with possession of marijuana. He was ticketed for the incident during a regular weekend traffic stop, and at the moment seems pretty quiet about the issue.
“It’s just a legal issue,” Bradham said during training camp. “I made a mistake, that’s it. I have to abide by the rules and I know that. It was a bad decision.”
Well, it is definitely a legal issue, he’s got that right. And yes, it was a bad decision; a decision that has his new coach disappointed in him.
“Obviously it’s very, very disappointing,” head coach Doug Marrone said according to NFL.com. “We take those type of things very seriously. We do so much with our players about being a pro, obviously what it means to be a Bill and we expect our players to make good choices in their life.”
The Bills will let the NFL handle the situation and as of right now it doesn’t look like there will be any discipline handed down by the team. There will likely be a suspension coming, meaning the Bills have to find a replacement for Bradham in those games he is out. This better not be a sign of things to come, otherwise I have a feeling Marrone will not stand for it and he could lose his job quickly.