Carlos Henderson has been suspended for one game for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The second-year wide receiver was arrested in West Monroe, Louisiana for possession for marijuana in January.
“Carlos Henderson of the Denver Broncos has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” said a statement by the NFL.
Henderson, a Denver Broncos third-round pick in the 2017 draft, is still on the Broncos’ books, but has not played a snap since injuring his thumb in preseason a year ago.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph called out Henderson in June after he sat out OTAs with a hamstring strain, saying that he has to get on the field if he wants to make the team.
The former CUSA offensive and special teams player of the year received praise from players and coaches during camp last season, but following a disappointing 5-11 finish in 2017, and almost no production from Henderson and fellow receiver/returner Isaiah McKenzie, the Broncos drafted receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, both of whom have impressed already during training camp.
Henderson failed to report to training camp last month and was added to the reserve/did not report list with Joseph telling the media that the absence was to deal with some “personal issues” and refused to discuss his situation further.
If he returns to the Broncos in 2018, his odds of making the team are slim with the Broncos boasting four locked-in receivers and a wealth of talent battling for what could be one or two further roster spots.
The suspension will become active whenever Henderson is activated to a 53-man roster, whether with the Broncos or another team.