NFL suspends Bills Bradham for 1 game
For the second straight year, Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Nigel Bradham is his own worst enemy. On the verge of a starting position in both the 2013 and 2014 versions of training camp, Bradham will have to answer to head coach Doug Marrone once again.
On Wednesday afternoon, the National Football League suspended the linebacker for one game without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Bradham will still be allowed to participate in both the practices and games throughout preseason. When the first week of the season arrives, Bradham will not be eligible for the active roster until Monday, September 8, the day after the Bills take on the Chicago Bears in their regular season opener.
In 2013, Bradham was stopped and ticketed for possession of marijuana following one of the team's preseason games. At that point in time, he was in a battle with Arthur Moats for the second starting inside linebacker job beside Kiko Alonso and a little after the news set in, Moats started taking the majority of first-team repetitions.
It was from that charge, however, that the league elected to suspend him for the first game of the season. Even though the charges were dismissed and Bradham appealed to the league, they ultimately decided the action was still worthy of a one-game ban.
This year, Bradham was in a strong position to replace the injured Alonso at weakside linebacker in the Bills' new 4-3 base defensive scheme. Both Marrone and defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz have raved about his work through offseason workouts and into the first two weeks of training camp.
Bradham is a third-year linebacker out of Florida State University, whom the Bills selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft.