By now, you’ve probably heard the news: Patrick Mahomes’ NFL career is over.
The Indianapolis Colts QB has been cut from the team and will be suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in an illegal substance-abuse program.
Mahomes has been charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of cocaine, and is set to appear in court on Friday.
In the NFL, a player is suspended for up to a year for each offense.
The Colts suspended Mahomes for one game after the first positive test, but the NFL has yet to announce a suspension for the second positive test.
Mahoms’ suspension is the second of the season for an NFL player, the first being Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams, who was suspended four games after being arrested for an alleged incident that led to his release.
And while the NFL can impose a suspension based on a positive test—and the league has already suspended six players for illegal substances, including three players this season—players have not been suspended for the use of performance-enhancing substances.
“We have not suspended anyone for using performance-related drugs,” NFL vice president of communications John Hutton told NBC News.
“What we have done is, we have allowed players who have been suspended by the league to play for other teams or compete in other events.”
Hutton added that the league would continue to monitor the situation and would determine if there are any more appropriate actions.
“Patrick has been suspended indefinitely for the alleged use of a substance in the past, and he will be punished for the allegedly illegal use of that substance,” Hutton said.
Mahames’ arrest came as a shock to Mahomes and his family.
Mahos’ father, John, told NBC that he and Mahomes were on vacation in Hawaii when they received a phone call from Mahomes asking them to come home to Texas.
“I didn’t believe it,” John Mahomes told NBC.
“There’s a lot of people out there that do drugs, that do other things that make you sick.
So we thought, ‘Why are we doing this?'”
Mahomes said that he was shocked by the news.
“It was really sad.
It was sad to hear,” he said.
“You never know what’s going to happen with the situation.”
Mahomes had a good year as a rookie.
In his first two seasons with the Colts, he threw for 2,903 yards and 20 touchdowns with 16 interceptions.
The 6-foot-5, 209-pound quarterback had career highs in passing yards (2,876), touchdowns (11), completions (964), passing yards per game (123.6), touchdown passes per game average (14.8) and passer rating (107.6).
But after being cut by the Colts this offseason, Mahomes struggled as a passer and struggled to improve his accuracy.
In a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 27, Mahoms threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaelen Strong and missed another.
Mahombs’ accuracy has also dipped, as he has only thrown a touchdown on 22.9 percent of his passes this season.
Mahooks struggles with his timing and accuracy have also been highlighted by the fact that he has had multiple surgeries in recent years.
He has had two hip surgeries and has suffered a torn patella tendon.
He is also dealing with multiple hip and knee injuries.
“He is in rehab right now,” Hutt said.
The NFL has been aware of Mahomes use of drugs, but has not suspended him for the substance, and it has not given the NFL a reason to do so.
Mahalls suspension comes on the heels of a string of recent arrests for marijuana possession, marijuana and other offenses.
In April, Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was arrested on a warrant for marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a June 2015 incident at a bar in Indianapolis.
Jackson, a four-time Pro Bowler, was released from jail in April after serving his six-month sentence.
The next month, a 19-year-old former NFL player named Terrance West was arrested for marijuana in New Orleans.
He was released the next day and spent time in the Louisiana State Penitentiary.
A few weeks later, a 22-year old former NFL offensive lineman, Aaron Schatz, was arrested in New York on marijuana charges and released the following month.
In July, a 21-year NFL player who has not played since 2013, Josh Cribbs, was charged with marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute after he was arrested by the FBI in Arizona.
Cribs was released on his own recognizance and had to post $1,000 bond.
In August, former NFL tight end Brandon Tate was arrested after police in Florida arrested him on marijuana possession charges, stemming in part from an incident in August 2016.
Tate spent a night in jail in the Orlando area, where he was staying with friends. He posted