Charlotte, N.C. - First it was defensive tackle Brentson Buckner who tested positive for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances by taking a dietary supplement. He is currently serving a four-game suspension.
Now it could be rookie defensive end Julius Peppers who could be in trouble with the NFL for a violation of the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
The Charlotte Observer reported that they had a source close to the situation that told the paper that Peppers has had an abnormal test result, and a second test on the same urine specimen will be performed in the next few days.
If something is found, Peppers who leads the Panthers and the NFL with 10 sacks, would face the same punishment as Buckner if the second test showed a positive result for a banned substance.
The league's policy now includes numerous supplements, and many dietary and weight-loss substances and some cold medicines contain banned substances. NFL teams tell their players what substances are banned and urge them to call their training staffs if they have questions.
If there is a positive result, Peppers would have 10 days to appeal and could provide the NFL with a list of anything he has taken to see if a substance might have caused a false positive result.
Peppers, along with Panthers general manager Marty Hurney, declined to comment to the Charlotte Observer.