LenDale White likely will face a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, a league source told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora on Friday, although that wasn't the main reason the Seattle Seahawks surprisingly released the running back earlier in the day.
Seahawks officials wouldn't confirm or comment on the matter, but league sources said White has been going through the process of facing the suspension, according to La Canfora.
League sources indicated to La Canfora that the Seahawks were aware of the probable suspension when they acquired White from the Tennessee Titans last month in a draft-weekend trade. White's failure to curb his tendency for being difficult to coach -- not showing up on time, not fully buying in, not endearing himself to the team, having a sense of entitlement -- was more at the core of why he was released, according to sources.
Should White, a four-year NFL veteran, sign with another team, his likely suspension still would be in play.
With Lendale White now out in Seattle, Justin Forsett should be in line for a workload increase. This also signals that Julius Jones may not be on his way out the door. Newly acquired Leon Washington, and 3rd year back Louis Rankin are also in the mix.