Carlos Henderson Suspended for Drug Violation

Denver Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson has been suspended for Week 1 by the NFL. Carlos Henderson is suspended without pay for the Broncos opening game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 9.

He has been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He was arrested in January in West Monroe, Louisiana. Henderson was charged with first offense possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

However, he may not have been available for selection regardless.

Carlos Henderson missed the entirety of his rookie season with the Broncos due to a thumb injury.


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The 82nd overall pick in 2017 is currently on Denver’s injury reserve/did not report list due to personal reasons. He didn’t report to the Broncos training camp this year and the franchise is aware of his situation.

According to his agent, Erik Burkhardt, Henderson hasn’t shown up because of a “family and personal situation.”

“We’ve spoken to coach [Vance] Joseph and the organization and they are fully aware of this and have been supportive,” Burkhardt said last month.


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Head coach Vance Joseph commented on the situation in late July. Joseph didn’t put a timeline on when Henderson would return. “He’s having some family issues he’s working through and it’s really his timeline,” he said.

The 23 year old New Orleans Native has also received support from his teammates.

“He just has to figure it out. Whatever it is. If it’s football, whatever, he’s got to figure it out and he’s got to find his happiness, and I hope he finds it,” fellow wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said.

Even if Henderson were to return to the team, it’s not likely that he would play. He is behind Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton on the Broncos depth chart.

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