White facing four-game suspension

Former Tennessee and Seattle running back LenDale White(notes) faces a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, two sources said Friday.

White was released by Seattle on Friday after a series of problems with his new team, including disagreements with the coaching staff. Seattle had acquired White on draft day with defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson(notes) in exchange for swapping picks in both the fourth and sixth rounds.

White reportedly clashed with coaches in Seattle.
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The cost was considered a relative pittance at the time. The Seahawks are now coached by Pete Carroll, who recruited and coached White at USC. An NFL source said the Seahawks were aware of a possible suspension for White when they traded for him, so there will be no revisiting the deal.

White will begin serving the suspension if he is signed by another team.

To be suspended for four games, a player must have tested positive at least twice. It’s unknown how many times White has tested positive. The suspension first was reported by NFL Network.

White has been primarily a backup through the first four years of his career, losing time to Tennessee star Chris Johnson over the past two years. White had reported in good shape last season after losing approximately 50 pounds in the offseason, but still couldn’t wrest time from Johnson.

White expressed displeasure to teammates and the Titans’ front office over his lack of playing time. That prompted the trade even though the Titans had the rights to keep him as a restricted free agent.

In Seattle, White seemed to have a strong chance to play. He was set to compete with Julius Jones(notes), Justin Forsett(notes) and Leon Washington(notes).

“It became apparent at this time that LenDale was not ready to be a member of the Seattle Seahawks,” Seattle general manager John Schneider said in a statement Friday. “It just did not appear to be the right fit at this point in our program. We wish LenDale all the best with his future.”

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Updated Friday, May 28, 2010