Report: NFLPA to vote Friday on new drug policy
The NFL Players' Association is set to vote Friday on a new drug policy that could immediately reinstate certain players who are suspended because of positive tests for amphetamines, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday night.
According to Rapoport, the new policy would immediately reinstate suspended players such as Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, among others. Other situations, like Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, are more uncertain.
Rapoport cautioned that it's "no sure thing" the proposed new policy will pass Friday.
Major policy changes that have reportedly been under consideration as part of the new policy include raising the threshold for a positive marijuana test. It also would introduce a program to test for human growth hormone, which would be the first time in the league's history it would test for the substance.
Under the current NFL policy, THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, must be present in the blood at a level of 15 nanograms per millileter in order to trigger a positive test. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees Olympic drug testing, raised its threshold for a positive test from 15 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml last summer.
''The [potency] level is so much greater in marijuana now, the secondhand smoke can get a positive test," NFLPA president Eric Winston told The Associated Press earlier this week. "Just a guy who is around it second hand, then to have to go into the program? We don't want false positive. We have to move up the minimum to normal workplace standards.''
The @NFLPA as scheduled a vote tomorrow afternoon of the 32 player reps on the potential new drug policy, source says.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2014
A new drug deal, if agreed upon, would bring back players who tested positive for amphetamines: Welker, Scandrick, Dion Jordan, others— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2014
It is no sure thing the proposed new drug policy passes tomorrow when presented to the player reps. Both sides being very cautious.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2014
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