Tyms facing a four-game suspension

Tyms facing a four-game suspension
August 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
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FOXBORO – On an otherwise flat night for the Patriots, two guys that spiked for the Patriots were receiver Brian Tyms and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Everybody knew the story behind Garoppolo, the Patriots second-round pick. Not so with Tyms, signed by the Patriots on July 27 right after camp began.

We wrote a little about his difficult upbringing after the game. But even then we didn’t know that Tyms is facing a four-game suspension at the start of this season for testing positive for a banned substance. Tyms said it was the attention aid Adderall. The NFL doesn’t release the substance a player test positive for.

On Sunday, I asked Tyms about the suspension.

“I’ve had a prescription for it since I was 9,” he explained. “It costs money to get all that stuff situated. Money which I didn’t have to spend. It was my fault. I shoulda brought it to the NFL and said, ‘Hey, I take this from time to time before it got to that point.’ But it wasn’t like I’m using it as something to boost my ratings. I been taking it since I was 9. That and Ritalin. I can’t worry about that. I put that in God’s hands. I just come out and try to play to get on this team.”

Tyms made his case Thursday night with five catches for 119 yards and a 34-yard pass interference drawn. He had another good practice Sunday.

The fact he’s preparing for a season that – if he makes the team – won’t start for him until October is something he tries to keep out of his mind.

“I don’t know if you feel it coming out here on this practice field but everybody’s serious,” he pointed out. “It’s not, ‘OK, this is just another practice.’ The level of intensity is high so I don’t really have time to sit back and think, ‘Wow, I’m missing the first four games. The first time I do that, I’ll hear, ‘Hey Brian, sub in.’ And then Tom calls a play and I don’t know what I’m doing because I’m thinking about a suspension. I just come out here and try to stay good on my assignments, making all my blocks, running my routes at the right depth and cheering on my teammates.”

If Tyms makes the team, he’ll be placed on the suspended list for the first four games of the season and won’t count against the 53-man roster. But Tyms can’t be at the facility for the duration of his suspension either.

The Patriots may have a find in Tyms. But they – and he – will have to wait a while to find out for sure.