EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates a missed field goal by the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan won the game 32-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers has failed a drug test for a dilute sample.

Peppers’ agency has denied that Peppers has taken any banned substance and instead blamed it on sickness, according to Schefter’s Facebook page.

“Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance.”

Peppers is the second player reported to have failed a drug test before the draft. The other player, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, gave a similar excuse as Peppers: He says he was recovering from food poisoning.

It is important to note that Peppers hasn’t tested positive for any substance. However, the NFL hates marijuana so much that even these dilute samples could knock Peppers and Foster down draft boards.

Don’t drop Peppers on your draft board because he might have smoked marijuana. Do it because he isn’t quite the player he’s made out to be.

About Kevin Trahan

Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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