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Players must submit renewal applications for therapeutic use exemptions by Sunday

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Plenty of players who have been suspended for violating the league’s steroids policy in recent months have claimed that they had a prescription for the banned substance.  A prescription is irrelevant, unless the player also has received a therapeutic use exemption from the NFL.

The issue most commonly has arisen in connection with positive tests for Adderall, an amphetamine used to treat ADHD.

Once a player has a therapeutic use exemption, the license doesn’t extend permanently.  It must be renewed.  Specifically, all players must submit a renewal application by June 30, 2013.

A notice sent by the NFLPA to all certified agents on Thursday points out that the failure to submit a renewal application by June 30 will result in the player being subject to league discipline for a positive test after July 1, with an initial violation triggering a four-game suspension.

“Players who have obtained a [therapeutic use exemption] in the past MUST submit a renewal application,” the NFLPA explains.

The message is clear for any player with a therapeutic use exemption.  If you have one, you need to apply for a renewal by Sunday, or it disappears as of Monday.

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18 Responses to “Players must submit renewal applications for therapeutic use exemptions by Sunday”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 27, 2013 11:35 PM

    I’m sure 0 players will mess up on complying with this notice.

  2. bullethead527 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:41 PM

    what if you had a prescription for medical marijuana? Therapeutic use you say?

  3. jda129 says: Jun 27, 2013 11:49 PM

    Please allow plenty of time if faxing your renewal application.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 27, 2013 11:51 PM

    “One pill makes you big,
    ..and one pill makes you tall,
    ..but the ones the NFL lets you use,
    don’t do anything at all…..”.

  5. rabidmike says: Jun 27, 2013 11:58 PM

    Paging Seattle Seahawks, all Seattle Seahawks.

  6. jakerjohns3 says: Jun 28, 2013 12:05 AM

    Thus, there should be no further team/fan acceptance of the adderal excuse… file your application! If you are dumb enough not to file, and actually possess a legitimate prescription, then you deserve to be suspended! Does anyone actually believe that seemingly every player who has been suspended over the past several seasons for violating the league’s banned substance policy has been taking prescribed adderal? If so, then you too deserve a four-game suspension!

  7. greenmeattruck says: Jun 28, 2013 12:48 AM

    Can Pete Carrol just put one in for his whole team? No need to clog up the system.

  8. jdphx says: Jun 28, 2013 2:27 AM

    “you need to apply for a renewal by Sunday, or it disappears as of Monday.”

    And NFL “random” testing will surely begin Tuesday.

  9. pittsburghsteelerz says: Jun 28, 2013 2:31 AM

    That’s a reach. That’s a reach without falsely assuming the NFL did something, because they haven’t (with the exception of the strongly worded letter about possibly doing something if another team signs him).

  10. seattlenative57 says: Jun 28, 2013 2:45 AM

    So we’ve now reached the point where internal NFL paperwork requirements are news for the general public.

    In the meantime, I’ve been asked by my IT department to submit a request signed by my supervisor to allow me access to certain sensitive computer applications. Gotta get it submitted by Friday. Want more details?

  11. gotampabay52 says: Jun 28, 2013 4:20 AM

    So adderall isnt bad its just lazyness on olayers and agents getung a renewal together dam Bucs that were suspended for being lazy

  12. yousuxxors says: Jun 28, 2013 5:22 AM

    by far their dumbest rule

  13. onbucky96 says: Jun 28, 2013 6:19 AM

    Great. I can’t wait for Richard Sherman and his Aderall buddies on the ‘Hawks to start failing drug tests, again. Then blame someone else, again. And get bounced in the post-season, AGAIN.

  14. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 28, 2013 7:32 AM

    Give me my ROIDS now!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. spideysdog says: Jun 28, 2013 7:45 AM

    my hawks have just setup 14 new fax machines, just to make sure everyone gets their paper in this year.

  16. bunjy96 says: Jun 28, 2013 7:46 AM

    Watch for new 4 games suspensions as all who didn’t renew get tested.

  17. dretwann says: Jun 28, 2013 9:29 AM

    This is stupid and draconian If you get it once why do you need to reapply? It should be assumed permanent. NFL is growing tiresome year by year.

  18. walkinginthewasteland says: Jun 28, 2013 10:18 AM

    Did the league also send this out to the teams? It is as much their issue as it is the players.

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