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31 Aug 2005

Pope Suspended Year for Violating NFL Drug Policy

Wow. LB Kendyll Pope can't practice or play with the Colts until August 2006 because he's tested positive for a banned substance at least three times. Considering he's a second-year player, it sounds like Pope's been pretty busy. The NFL's substance abuse policy is a wee bit more stringent than some of the other professional sports leagues.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 31 Aug 2005

9 comments, Last at 01 Sep 2005, 12:38am by Harris


by MCS (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 5:43pm

What's the Pope doin' in the NFL?

by B (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 5:46pm

Better question, why isn't he playing on the Saints or Cardinals?

by TMK (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 5:52pm

When did he flunk his second test? Did he get the 4-gamer last year, or did he flunk two in rapid succession?

If that's the case, forget next year -- a guy that flunks that many tests that rapidly is fighting for his life, not a roster spot.

by James (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 6:00pm

Colts fan here...this is the first time I've heard that Pope failed ANY type of drug test, let alone the third. Very strange. He was injured the majority of last year and on the PUP list. He played sparingly in the final two games of the regular season. Pope was slated to be the backup SLB behind David Thornton.

by Existence (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 8:55pm

This never would have happened if Brady were Pope's quarterback...

by Björn (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 9:57pm

Actually, it only took so long for Pope to get suspended BECAUSE Manning is his quarterback. If Brady were Pope's quarterback, I shudder to think of what might have happened to him. Word on the street is that Tom Brady was Courtney Love's quarterback of choice.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 9:58pm

Im pretty sure failing a test puts you in the substance abuse program in the NFL. BUT this just means that you get tested much more often and stringently, and I also I think that it is confidential.

by Reinhard (not verified) :: Wed, 08/31/2005 - 9:58pm

Maybe a bit sensationalist headline :)

by Harris (not verified) :: Thu, 09/01/2005 - 12:38am

Clearly Jesus is to blame.