Report: NFL reinstates players suspended for drug offenses

Wednesday September 17th, 2014

The NFL has informed multiple suspended players that they have satisfied the terms of their suspensions and will be reinstated, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The move from the league could indicate the implementation of the league's new drug policy. 

Under the new framework, players have agreed to blood testing for human growth hormone, but the threshold for a positive marijuana test will increase to 35 nanograms per milliliter from 15. 

If a new drug policy has indeed been finalized, athletes presently serving suspensions, such as Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick and Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker, could play this Sunday. 

Cowboys' Scandrick suspended four games for drug violation

Suspended Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his season-long penalty reduced to 10 games, the NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted.

The apparent institution of a reformed drug policy comes as the NFL battles high-profile spousal abuse and child abuse cases involving former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson respectively. 

Commissioner Roger Goodell recently outlined a new league policy on domestic abuse that includes a lifetime ban for second offenses. 

- Will Green

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