Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Report: Bucs cornerback Eric Wright faces suspension for Adderall

TAMPA — Eric Wright will become the second Buccaneers defensive back to be suspended this season for using the stimulant Adderall, according to a report Sunday by Fox NFL analyst Jay Glazer.

Cornerback Aqib Talib has one week remaining on his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Talib was shut down by the league after he said he admitted to taking one Adderall pill without a prescription before training camp.

Adderall is a stimulant used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but considered by the NFL to be a banned performance-enhancing drug when used without a prescription.

Both the Bucs and the NFL declined comment Sunday, because apparently, the matter has not been resolved.

Talib, who is scheduled to return to the team Nov. 5, did not appeal his suspension. That might not be the case with the 27-year-old Wright.

The report by Glazer surfaced during his segment on Fox NFL Sunday. Later, he tweeted: "With Bucs starting Cb Aqib Talib suspended 4 games for Adderall, their other starting CB Eric Wright also facing a 4 game ban for Adderall.

"The whole Adderall thing is tricky (because) several players legitimately need such meds but league has become very strict who takes it."

Wright was one of Tampa Bay's touted free agents who signed a five-year, $38 million contract in March. He was given the responsibility of covering the opponent's top receiver once Talib, 26, was suspended Oct. 13.

Wright has started all seven games this season and has 31 tackles, an interception and eight passes defensed.

If he is suspended by the league, barring an appeal, it means the Bucs could be without both starting cornerbacks for Sunday's game at Oakland. E.J. Biggers has started the past three games at left cornerback in place of Talib.

In Thursday night's 36-17 victory at Minnesota, former Largo High standout Leonard Johnson started at nickel corner. The Bucs also have Brandon McDonald, who has been hobbled by an ankle injury.

Another option might be moving safety Ronde Barber back to cornerback, a position he played for 15 seasons.

Wright, who also played for the Lions and Browns, has had a tumultuous start to his career in Tampa Bay. He was arrested in the offseason in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence, but that charge was dropped by prosecutors.

According to Glazer, several players in the league take the drug to deal with ADHD.

Rick Stroud can be reached at [email protected] and can be heard from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays on WDAE-AM 620.

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