Will Fuller Suspended Six Games For PEDs

Huge news out of Houston, as star receiver Will Fuller has been suspended for six games for violating the league’s policy on PEDs, he announced on Instagram.

Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy. As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances. As a result of this mistake, I have been suspended for six games for taking this prohibited medication. I want to sincerely apologize to the Texans organization and all of my fans for this mistake. I am looking forward to putting this all behind me and returning better than ever in 2021,” he wrote in the caption.

It’s a devastating blow for a Texans team that had started to pick up some steam recently after Bill O’Brien was fired. They’ve won three of their last four games, but it’s going to be hard to keep that momentum going without Fuller in the lineup. The speedster had been having a career year, with 53 receptions for 879 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games after the trade of DeAndre Hopkins.

It also complicates things personally for Fuller, as he’s slated to be a free agent at the end of the year. It’s quite possible he’s played his last down in Houston. Assuming there’s not more to this story it shouldn’t effect the money he’ll get too much, as he’s expected to be one of the most sought after free agents on the market. That being said, whether it’s with the Texans or another team, he’ll have to sit out the first game of the 2021 season.

The 21st pick of the 2016 draft, Fuller struggled with injuries in his first few years in the league, tearing an ACL in 2018 among other ailments. He was finally on track to play a full 16-game season for the first time before this ban hit. This will now be the fourth straight year that he plays in 11 games or fewer.

Randall Cobb is on injured reserve and the team just cut Kenny Stills, leaving them suddenly very thin at receiver. Deshaun Watson just can’t catch a break, and Brandin Cooks should see very heavy volume moving forward. It’ll be very interesting to see what kind of contract Fuller lands come March. The Notre Dame product will turn 27 in April.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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32 comments on “Will Fuller Suspended Six Games For PEDs

  1. petersdylan36

    Well the packers are extremely lucky for not pulling the trigger on that trade, huh?

    • whiplash

      I’m sure they knew and that’s the reason a trade wasn’t made. Suspensions are known for weeks before they’re announced.

      • HailRodgers12$

        Even if they didn’t know at the time, the 3 future conditional UDFA’s gutey offered wasn’t going to be enough for even Billy O’brien to pull the trigger.

        • twentyforty

          You’re a fool. It would have been a terrible trade under any circumstance. GB did the right thing. Admit it and move on.

  2. JJB0811

    “Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy. As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances.”

    If true, he has an easy lawsuit.

    • Alexander Jones

      The same basic cut and paste excuse response to all these doping matters – never an ounce of accountability, always pointing fingers at someone else.

      • arthur blank_for owner

        that’s because most of the ‘PEDs’ these days aren’t the old fashion needle in the butt with Horse steroids…they’re the most subtle of substances often times Over the Counter or used to treat other ailments. Golden Tate is a great example: suspended for ‘PEDs’ for taking fertility drugs trying to have a baby…the term ‘PED’ is still used for click bait due to how demonized it is regardless of what actually happen; just look at all the comments above and below immediately with shame-shame tsk-tsk which is unfortunate

            • compassrose

              If Tate’s little swimmers need a little help getting up stream that is fine. He still needed to let the NFL know.

              It has been too long that we get the same BS excuse. They have team personnel and NFL personnel they can ask to make sure. I forget the whole case with Tate but do remember he was a doughnut thief. He is also missed in Seattle should have stayed here.

            • What’s your point? Water isn’t banned. Known masking agents are.

              I seriously wonder what people are thinking when they post nonsense.

    • Greg M

      They have a list of NFL approved doctors that they can call 24/7 to check on any medication they take. Even if a person were gullible enough to believe this nonsensical explanation it would still be the players fault.

    • phillyballers

      Probably is really hard to submit something to the league and get guidance on meds before ingesting.

  3. Greg M

    I love that he takes full responsibility for his own actions as an adult. It shows great maturity. Watch carefully kids…this is how it’s done.

    • Perksy

      Well sort of. He is apologizing yes, but he is also blaming it on the medical professional. If he was unsure he should have fully checked first. Similar situation as Golden Tate last year.

    • SotoShuffler

      Lol is this sarcasm? He deflects responsibility completely in his statement

    • rocky7

      Wow, you’re easily swayed….he’s suspended and won’t possibly play again this year and its his walk year…..he’s doing nothing more than damage control….and his agent wrote that little speech for sure…probably can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, but aside from that, he’s just playing the game to get a new contract next year!

  4. jay13

    I would like to know the medication. I knew he was fast but the guy looks like he could beat a cheetah the last couple of times I have seen the Texans play. With all of the injuries, I think he is a lot faster then he ever was at Notre Dame and earlier in his career.

    • Technically correct

      Depending on source, most medical texts say the human body reaches it’s physical peak between 25-30 years of age. Will Fuller is 26. He should absolutely be getting faster than when he was attending school part time.

  5. BuckarooBanzai

    Doctor: This medication will what you need
    Player: Is it on the NFL banned list?
    Doctor: I don’t think so
    Player: Let me check

    That’s accountability; not this backhanded “I trusted a medical professional” excuse. You do not need a medical degree to look for a drug name on a list

    Fuller Knew!
    Turk 182!

    • DarkSide830

      those list are probably miles long. there’s a reason they have doctors making sure. not saying there is an excuse – he’s probably just lying and used it knowingly

  6. kevin

    this guy really needs to stop blaming others. it seems like players love to blame others when they get in trouble. I mean in this instance he took medicine that was prescribed but failed to actually go-to the team to verify that the medication was allowed . Take responsibility for your actions don’t blame others he could and should have double checked. Blaming others irks me when u can and should be double checking .

  7. MileHighFan

    Fuller should have touched base with Brady to see how he beats these tests.

    • compassrose

      Avocado ice cream is a masking agent. I love avocados but there are a lot of other flavors I would eat first. His trainer probably makes his own PEDs that are easily masked. I think kale is a masking agent too.

      Sarcasm

  8. I wonder if the NFLPA sends this statement as a template to every player who gets caught

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