Bengals DE Antwan Odom admitted on his Twitter page that he has tested positive for a banned substance but that he is appealing the league-mandated four-game suspension.
Odom's statement said the rumors of him testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs or steroids is false but he did not elaborate on what the substance was that caused the positive test.
As of this writing on Friday afternoon, there had been no official announcement from the NFL and the Bengals had not confirmed whether a suspension was coming or not. Odom has been practicing with the team and is expected to play against the Patriots in the team's season opener Sunday.
Odom has had an injury-hampered three years with the Bengals. He signed with the club as a free agent in 2008 but missed four games with a foot injury. Last season, he had nine sacks before suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in Week Six and going down for the season. Then, early this preseason, he lost 20 pounds because of a virus but has managed to gain most of the weight back.
If Odom is forced to sit out at some point this season, he likely would be replaced in the starting lineup by backup Frostee Rucker. Rookie Carlos Dunlap, currently listed as third string, and veteran Jonathan Fanene, who started 10 games after Odom was injured last season, also are options.
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