PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12: Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Andrew Whitworth isn't happy with the NFL, specifically their handling of suspensions for performance enhancing drug use violations. Bengals right guard Bobbie Williams was handed a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance before the lockout began. He will not be eligible to return to the team until after the game against the Bills.
Williams' agent has appealed the suspension and is extremely unhappy about his client's situation, denying that he took any steroid or HGH, saying, "Bobbie Williams is the same height and weight from the time he has come into the league until now."
Whitworth believes that the league needs to start differentiating between players who test positive for steroids and HGH and the ones who fail these drug tests because they have taken a diuretic that may cause them to fail the drug test.
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Williams' suspension leaves the Bengals in a little trouble at the guard position. Nate Livings will likely start at the left guard spot, but at right guard, the team will either start rookie Clint Boling, Otis Hudson or recently acquired Mike McGlynn. It's likely that Boling would get the nod, though.
Hopefully Williams' suspension is overturned but since the game is less than a week away, it's doubtful that will happen.
Either way, Whitworth is right. It would be nice to see the NFL make a ruling on these drug test failures on a case-by-case basis instead of giving everybody a suspension. If that was the case, the Bengals' offensive line would be in better shape on Sunday when the team takes the field in Cleveland.