September 08, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL and the players' union are meeting Monday to discuss the league's drug policies.

Both sides are considering potential changes to the policies and to discipline for players who violate them. Human growth hormone and marijuana are topics they are talking about, along with driving under the influence.

The league and the union are in agreement that discipline for DUIs needs to be tougher. But an NFL proposal that penalties be handed out before the legal process has been exhausted met with strong opposition from the players.

Such a change also would apply to team employees and executives, coaches and league employees.

Talks picked up in recent weeks, although the union has labeled reports that changes are imminent as ''premature.''

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