FOXBOROUGH — If wide receiver Brian Tyms is able to make the New England Patriots' final roster, they will be without him for the first four games of the season.
Tyms tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, which he says is a result of a prescription for Adderall that he failed to get cleared by the NFL.
"Technically, I've had a prescription for it since I was nine," he said. "Like I said, it costs money to get all that stuff situated, money which I didn't have to spend. It was my fault. I should have brought it to the NFL and said, 'hey, this is my prescription' before it got to that point, but it wasn't like I was using it as something to — I guess — boost my ratings, know what I mean? I've been taking it since I was nine — that and Ritalin."
Tyms was the Patriots' leading receiver in their first preseason game, hauling in five catches on six targets for 119 yards and a touchdown. The second-year receiver stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 204 pounds, and is an ideal fit as a boundary receiver. He has flashed the long speed to test defenses vertically, and the ability to make contested catches with a defender draped all over him.
He would not count against the Patriots' final 53-man roster for the first four weeks of the season, which may help him land a roster spot in a very thick battle at wide receiver.
"I don't know how that works," he said. "This is like my first time ever getting into some trouble like that, so I mean, I don't know, I couldn't really tell you [if it would help me make the roster]."
If he makes the roster, he would be eligible to return in Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.