Wide receiver Terry Glenn and his representatives have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission citing chronic depression as the reason the player was not able to take a mandated drug test during the offseason.
It was reported over the weekend that Glenn had sued the National Football League over the issue, but according to both the Boston Globe and *Boston Herald, the EEOC granted Glenn a "right to sue" document Monday morning. That gives Glenn the right to bring the NFL to federal court in attempt to overturn the four-game suspension and the get back lost wages that resulted. Glenn's attorneys have 90 days to file the suit.
The complaint contends that chronic depression prevented Glenn from adhering to the league's testing schedule. A missed appointment resulted in Glenn being suspended for the first four games of the season after his appeal was denied.
Because the issue is one with the league, the Patriots are not commenting. Head Coach Bill Belichick could not add much information at his press conference Monday.
"I'm aware of it (the planned suit) in a general way,'' Belichick said. "But any grievance or anything of that nature, as I've noted many times, I just can't speak to the issues."
Belichick did say that Glenn's ailing hamstring, which caused him to miss the last two games, is improving. After being doubtful the last two weeks, Glenn's status was upgraded to questionable, and with a good week of practice he could play against Buffalo.
In Glenn's only game this season he had seven catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. Despite the limited action, he is fourth on the team in receiving yards.
Seymour progressing well
Rookie nose tackle Richard Seymour returned to the field in Atlanta and his presence was felt. While he had just one tackle, a 6-yard sack of Chris Chandler, Seymour got consistent pressure in the middle of the pocket.
Belichick thought the showing was consistent with what Seymour has shown when on the field.
"Richard's progress has been good," Belichick said. "Every time he has played, he has shown up and made plays. Hopefully we can build on the 20-plus plays he was in the game for."
With Seymour and Willie McGinest both on the field for substantial time Sunday the Patriots came within one sack of the team record, as eight players combined for nine sacks. McGinest had two for the second straight game.