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A new drug testing agreement could benefit Welker, Gordon


Broncos receiver Wes Welker is suspended for the first four games of the season, and Browns receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire season. Both players have already appealed, and lost.

And yet there’s a chance that both players could still see their suspensions reduced.

As Mike Florio reported on NBC, Welker, Gordon and potentially other players in the midst of suspensions could benefit from a new drug testing policy that the owners and players could agree upon soon.

The new policy that may be forthcoming has received attention primarily because it would include testing for human growth hormone, which has never before been tested in the NFL. But the policy would also have some other changes.

One change is that offseason use of amphetamines would move from the performance-enhancing substance policy to the substance-abuse policy. That would mean that Welker would switch from a first-time offender in the PED policy (which carries an automatic four-game suspension) to a first-time offender in the substance-abuse policy (which carries no suspension).

Another change is that the threshold to trigger a positive result on a marijuana test would rise. That would affect Gordon because his positive marijuana test was just barely above the NFL’s current threshold for a positive, which is significantly lower than the threshold for other organizations like the World Anti-Doping Agency.

If the NFL changes its policy and agrees to apply it retroactively to players who tested positive this year, Welker and Gordon would benefit. Which means that while the players’ union is stopping short of saying an agreement is very close, Welker and Gordon would be wise to call their union representatives and urge them to get the deal done, and get it done soon.

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64 Responses to “A new drug testing agreement could benefit Welker, Gordon”
  1. fortunesmith says: Sep 4, 2014 7:50 PM

    Welp, guess it’s time to take a flyer on Josh Gordon in my Fantasy league.

  2. ctiggs says: Sep 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    what about Aldon Smith!!

  3. denverdave3 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:53 PM

    Tenure should be considered too.

  4. surefooted1 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:53 PM

    Why would the NFL agree to make it retroactive?

  5. holla2626 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:54 PM

    Great pic – he looks like a high roller

  6. rocketdogsports says: Sep 4, 2014 7:54 PM

    Holy crap. This actually makes sense.

  7. pats3rings says: Sep 4, 2014 7:55 PM

    Free Josh Gordon!

  8. dell52 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:55 PM

    I just picked Gordon up in my fantasy league. Please be right. Sorry Trent Richardson, but you are expendable.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Sep 4, 2014 7:56 PM


  10. DonRSD says: Sep 4, 2014 7:59 PM

    Just picked him up on my fantasy team.
    Dropped some WR I’ll never play anyway……worth the chance!

  11. restorativejusticeprogram says: Sep 4, 2014 8:01 PM

    Does Welker have any brain cells left to abuse. The guy is slurring his words and looks foggy in most interviews I see. Sad.

  12. ironmd778 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:05 PM

    This is a no-brainer. Do it.

  13. walterwhite1976 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:05 PM

    What’s wrong with HGH?

  14. philyeagles5 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:07 PM

    they would agree retroactively to finally get this thing done.

  15. maestro1899 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    I just wrote:

    Finally. Roger and the NFL is using a COMMON SENSE APPROACH.
    But Josh is playing this year and I couldn’t be happier!


  16. jetsfaninindy says: Sep 4, 2014 8:16 PM

    Everyone is running to their fantasy logins
    as I type this.

  17. jclark6528 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:21 PM

    By that same mentality, Ray Rice should now get a 6 game suspension…..right??

  18. jeremycrowhurst says: Sep 4, 2014 8:27 PM

    It explains why Gordon hasn’t sued yet.

  19. cueghost says: Sep 4, 2014 8:35 PM

    This could help explain why it took them so long to make/announce decision on Gordon’s suspension in the first place. If this deal is imminent, they were probably hoping to have it done before Week One and not have to suspend Gordon the entire season. The NFL does NOT want these players suspended, don’t kid yourself, that’s not good for business and the NFL is ALL about that business, boss.

  20. theaints says: Sep 4, 2014 8:50 PM

    The Aints will need this

  21. whooligun says: Sep 4, 2014 9:11 PM

    Haha…NFL hype machine will do whatever it takes to get Johnny Football his star receiver back on the field. Vince McMahon will be the next commissioner.

  22. iammrbinky says: Sep 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    The Golden Boy must have tested positive with his buddy Welker. It would explain this sudden rush to get this done.

    Where’s Mulder and Scully when you need them.

  23. scw1993 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:15 PM

    Rule going to be changed THIS FAST??? Megahead said to his pal Roger…..” I want Welker back now!!!!” Another quick rule change to benefit the Golden Boy of the NFL.

  24. bobbygray999 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:18 PM

    I seriously don’t care that NFL players smoke a little marijuana. And if Welker needs a little something to help with the headaches that’s OK too.

    Time for some drug policy sanity to prevail.

  25. bobbygray999 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:24 PM

    Welker looks like he just rolled off the Downton Abbey Film Set …. more Downstairs than Upstairs.

  26. alanjk86 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:32 PM

    You always love a low risk, high reward situation in fantasy. Doesn’t get much better than this.

    For me, my league just added an extra bench spot this year. Only reason I took a backup to Jimmy Graham. See ya Delanie.

  27. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 4, 2014 9:52 PM

    The Seahawks are screwed if they start HGH testing.

  28. astrosfan75956 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:59 PM

    No way it makes too much sense

  29. realityonetwo says: Sep 4, 2014 10:10 PM

    Gordon is not playing this year.

  30. eagleswin says: Sep 4, 2014 10:12 PM

    Does that mean the league can apply the updated domestic abuse penalties to Ray Rice?

  31. hairpie2 says: Sep 4, 2014 10:26 PM

    Why not, the NFL retroactively punished only the Patriots for violations before the rule enforced. I say, im all for whatever helps the broncos.

  32. seantheman107 says: Sep 4, 2014 10:27 PM

    First one to nab gordon in my league, see ya kenbrell tompkins

  33. scarletmacaw says: Sep 4, 2014 10:28 PM

    So amphetamines, which are absolutely performance-enhancing, are going to be de-listed, while hGH, which hasn’t been proven to be performance-enhancing, is added to the testing?

    Sounds like Goodell is on top of this.

  34. bobsnygiants says: Sep 4, 2014 10:35 PM

    Here we go again, let them do Drugs ! NEW. FELONY LEAGUE.

  35. ncbengalmike says: Sep 4, 2014 11:02 PM

    Rice is granfathered but the other dudes aren’t?

  36. patriotwayrules says: Sep 4, 2014 11:07 PM

    Ole Wes has taken one too many hits!!!

  37. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Sep 4, 2014 11:24 PM

    I dropped him this morning when I read he would be working as a used car salesman. Damn you Yahoo.

  38. matzahballz says: Sep 4, 2014 11:30 PM

    Goodbye jonathan stewart, hello Josh Gordon and Abba-Zaba!

  39. 6250claimer says: Sep 4, 2014 11:49 PM

    Nice pic.. looks like Mark Davis’s illegitimate child.

  40. dman58 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:58 PM

    No way will any rule change be retroactive. Past suspended players will ask for their game checks back. This rumor is causing chaos.

  41. osoviejo says: Sep 5, 2014 12:25 AM

    “what about Aldon Smith!!”

    Stupid still gets you nine games. Sorry.

  42. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Sep 5, 2014 12:30 AM

    Not good for business? Watch what happens to business when they crack down on HGH. They will never sign off on this. HGH is apart of the game and its to far gone to come back from.

  43. flyeaglefly says: Sep 5, 2014 12:39 AM

    Gordon is going to be back this year…zero chance this suspension is upheld….he might get or keep 8 games, possibly 4, maybe even 2, but he is back this year…they have been ironing this out the past week…hello Cleveland…

  44. blabidibla says: Sep 5, 2014 1:09 AM

    I doubt it goes retroactive, but I picked him up anyway. Small risk, big reward.

  45. cbgbs21 says: Sep 5, 2014 1:17 AM

    Wouldn’t this apply to Scandrick as well?

  46. gridgod says: Sep 5, 2014 6:06 AM

    But that would ruin the league’s covert plan to help ensure Peyton Manning’s second Super Bowl victory by forcing Welker to heal from his latest concussion.

  47. nosleeptilsb says: Sep 5, 2014 6:29 AM

    Nothing would change if these were no-name players, but seeing the surge in high profile players being the ones getting popped, Roger does it again.

  48. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 5, 2014 7:07 AM

    What the joke is the NFL knew of the failed tests back in May and they announce it a few days before the start of the year. That’s some vindictive BS. And they didn’t hear Gordons appeal until Aug.1 then they don’t make a decision until the day before the last preseason game. Again total BS

  49. RegisHawk says: Sep 5, 2014 7:23 AM

    Saying it’s a possibility doesn’t make it a reality. What is the actual likelihood of a change being applied retroactively? Sounds like a bait-and-switch subject.

  50. realityonetwo says: Sep 5, 2014 7:47 AM

    Looks like I have to say it again: Josh Gordon isn’t playing this year.

  51. notthetroll says: Sep 5, 2014 8:12 AM

    there are a lot of comments on this and other articles by people who seem brainwashed by American drug policy.
    Alcohol abuse is treated. Drug abuse is criminalized, and on a smaller scale treated the same in the NFL. For non PEDs, fine them game checks but let them play, team choice.

  52. pfu2 says: Sep 5, 2014 8:24 AM

    Free Josh Gordon!

  53. rocketdogsports says: Sep 5, 2014 8:57 AM

    In a larger sense, this decision may become the tipping point in the national discussion about the recreational use of marijuana.

    If the NFL and the NFLPA can implement this rational and effective 21st century drug program, then state and national attitudes that expand marijuana decriminalization and legalization will see their efforts gain momentum.

    This may be seen as final evidence of the apocalypse by some, but many Americans will be happier with a more open attitude about their use of grass,

  54. ytownjoe says: Sep 5, 2014 9:04 AM

    Free Josh Gordon.

  55. phillyboypat5 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:51 AM

    Is that Wes Welker…or Jay Gatsby ?

  56. macbull says: Sep 5, 2014 10:32 AM

    If the NFL and the Player’s Union don’t get a deal done in the next day or so, there are going to be a lot of disappointed fans, especially in Cleveland and Denver.

    Eric Winston, President of the Union, says that the deal is done, WAITING for Goodell’s signature. The last issue holding up an agreement appears to have been resolved with Goodell and the NFL agreeing to allow a 3 man arbitration panel to hear “appeals”, rather than Goodell being in total control of the entire process.

    Now is the time to strike a deal that will update the present “out of touch” agreement…

    …GET IT DONE, please!

  57. 49ergeorge says: Sep 5, 2014 10:37 AM

    4 games for speed and 16 games for weed? So dumb.

  58. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    ITs not like Weeden is still there to drop bombs to Gordon anyway. Browns need to find a real QB before Gordon would even be relevant. If I were him I’d be happy to take the year off

  59. toptx says: Sep 5, 2014 11:09 AM

    Gordon needs to thank Welker.

  60. tjacks7 says: Sep 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    Nothing like this is retroactive. It would be like a speed limit getting raised and the police reimbursing everyone who got a ticket when the speed limit was lower. Ever heard of that happening? Welker, Gordon, and everyone else knew the rules when they got busted, deal with it.

  61. cueghost says: Sep 5, 2014 12:11 PM


  62. bobsnygiants says: Sep 5, 2014 5:58 PM

    he broke he rule, let him sit and the rest of them.

  63. malfeasance562 says: Sep 6, 2014 12:12 AM

    Also of note, would be the suspensions to Aldon Smith and the long forgotten Justin Blackmon, as well as the countless others who have violated the PED/drug rules be affected, if any?
    Does the NFL retain the right of Justin Blackmon’s suspension if the rule of an immediate suspension following an arrest is instituted?

  64. keets55 says: Sep 6, 2014 7:51 AM

    ——-Gordon is not playing this year.

    Spoken like a true champ, probably one of the hammer-heads that had the inside track knowing Manziel was the game 1 starter.

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