Winslow said his suspension stemmed from an allergy medication, though confusion remains as to the exact substance that triggered the violation.The reason that an allergy medication would be listed as a banned substance is because it is considered a diuretic and thus is a masking agent. A masking agent can be used to prevent detection by enhancing water loss via urine excretion thereby diluting the levels of the banned substance in any urine samples, making it more difficult for laboratories to detect.
Winslow did not specify the medication or which allergies it was directed to treat, though he did say it was not prescribed to him. Winslow explained the substance was ingested orally and not through injection because it was digested into his fat rather than blood. Beyond that, the NFLPA has not provided him with specifics, he said.
“I’m not trying to go out and take illegal stuff,” Winslow said. “That’s just not what I do.”
Winslow found out about the positive test “a couple weeks” before the suspension but said he chose not to appeal, because if upheld he could miss key games at the end of the season. The Jets are 5-4 and currently hold the AFC’s final Wild Card playoff berth.
According to the league's PED policy, NFL players who test positive are subject to immediate banning ... so the part about Winslow knowing for a couple of weeks is interesting. It also makes sense why he was so gruff following his last game and why Cumberland was a larger part of the game plan in that game as the Jets prepared for life without Winslow for a month.