Texas wide receiver Will Fuller V announced Monday on Instagram that he would be suspended six games for using a substance banned by the NFL. The penalty, which the league had not announced at the time of his social media post, marks an end to his 2020 season.
Fuller apologized to the Texans and his fans for a “mistake” he said stemmed from poor medical guidance. It’s unclear which performance enhancing drug prompted the punishment.
“Earlier this year, I sought treatment from a medical professional who prescribed medication that he believed to be permitted under the NFL’s drug policy,” wrote Fuller. “As it turns out, my trust in this professional was misplaced because this medication was NOT a permitted substance under the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances.”
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Fuller is coming off his best game of the year. He caught six passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns on Thanksgiving in a win over the Lions. He has thrived without longtime teammate DeAndre Hopkins in Houston.
But what appeared to be a certain 1,000-yard campaign is now over, assuming he does not challenge the six-game suspension. His absence would likely make Brandin Cooks an even greater part of the team’s offense.
Fuller is an impending free agent.