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Pressure will mount on union to get drug policy done

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Now that the cat has emerged from the bag regarding the possibility that a comprehensive new drug policy will benefit players suspended in recent weeks and months under the current rules, look for plenty of players to apply plenty of pressure to the NFLPA to get a deal done, ASAFP.

Last night’s report from the Packers-Seahawks pregame mentioned only Broncos receiver Wes Welker and Browns receiver Josh Gordon, but other players also would experience relief if the new policy applies retroactively on subjects like the shifting of offseason stimulant use to the substance-abuse policy and/or the increase of permissible marijuana metabolite concentration from 15 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml.

Players like Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan could suddenly find themselves getting a green light to play on Sunday, if a deal can be worked out today.  While it’s unclear whether the appropriate i’s can be dotted and t’s can be crossed in an expedited fashion, real progress had been made toward a new drug policy.  If both sides are motivated, a deal can get done.

Multiple sources have made it clear that the NFL is ready to get something done; the Commissioner himself said on the record two days ago that he’s been ready for three years.  And while the NFLPA may prefer to try to extract a few more concessions, the involvement of specific players with significant dollars and playing time at stake likely will result in the placement of significant pressure on the union to work things out.

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28 Responses to “Pressure will mount on union to get drug policy done”
  1. ninjaneer74 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:07 AM

    Scandrick is a CB, but thanks for including him finally

  2. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 5, 2014 9:09 AM

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  3. dagator8888 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:16 AM

    Let me get this right, players need multiple incidents with a clearly documented policy of listed drugs to be negatively impacted and the policy is too severe…..yet an owner has a first offense DUI, gets a lengthy suspension and a $500K fine and it is perceived as too lenient. Oh, the politics of class welfare….millionaires Vs. billionaires….

  4. ifartinbed says: Sep 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    I personally think pot is not a good thing to use, however I do know others dont share my opinion and 15 ng/ml over is like getting a dui for blowing a .02

  5. pascalswager42 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:24 AM

    And…..I just stashed Flash on my fantasy teams.

    Get this done NFLPA #selfishbrownsandfantasyfan

  6. sdelmonte says: Sep 5, 2014 9:29 AM

    I wish I knew why we are all so worked up over hGH. The evidence that it does anything for adults is sparse. And what it does, if it does anything, is promote healing. Isn’t a drug that promotes healing better than all the drugs the NFL uses that promote hiding pain instead of helping to heal?

  7. floratiotime says: Sep 5, 2014 9:36 AM

    Players are going to be a lot smaller in a year or two. It will be interesting to see how they explain it.

  8. spicymudbugs says: Sep 5, 2014 9:37 AM

    I picked up Gordon in both of my fantasy leagues.
    CHAMPIONSHIP!!

  9. coachbeck says: Sep 5, 2014 9:40 AM

    So ray rice loses 4 more games then?

    No way they roll back the suspensions. What’s done is done. Dee smith is dreaming

  10. Jason says: Sep 5, 2014 9:43 AM

    So if this gets done, they might actually retroactively retract the suspensions/fines? Has that been stated by anyone or is it just speculation? That would be great, and the right thing to do.

  11. timmmah10 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:43 AM

    4 leagues, for Gordon adds, 4 times the reasons for me to go to the NFL offices and lobby for this…

  12. denverdude7 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:45 AM

    While I agree that the NFL’s drug policy should be updated as soon as possible I do not agree it should be made retroactive.

    Sure, making it retroactive would benefit players like Gordon and Welker but where would the line be drawn?

    If it applies only to players suspended this year wouldn’t that be completely unfair to players previously suspended? Wouldn’t they then have a legitimate claim for the money they lost last year or the year before that not to mention the players who would be in a lower level of the program?

    Getting the drug policy updated is the right thing to do. Making it retroactive is not. All players currently suspended should stay suspended with no alterations whatsoever.

  13. The Parisian Ballad says: Sep 5, 2014 9:53 AM

    So if they get off the hook because the system was changed, does this mean that Ray Rice will get 6 game suspension because the system was changed? I look for the suspensions to stand.

  14. kd75 says: Sep 5, 2014 9:59 AM

    ^^^
    Because hGH promotes muscle growth. When you lift weights, you tear muscle tissue and hGH speeds up recovery time and makes your muscles bigger and stronger.

  15. RegisHawk says: Sep 5, 2014 10:21 AM

    No proof other than hearsay; I doubt they’ll make it retroactive. Makes for a nice will-o-the-wisp though.

  16. laxer37 says: Sep 5, 2014 10:23 AM

    Rule changes or not, Gordon will sit the entire season. He’s a multiple offender who also went out and got a DUI while waiting for a ruling on his second offense. He also had issues in college which shows a pattern of dysfunction.

    Guy needs a wake up call. Reducing his suspension isn’t sending the right message.

  17. 2qswing says: Sep 5, 2014 10:24 AM

    If it hasn’t motivated the union for three years, what makes you thing they are motivated to get it done in the next 48 hours. Many players have lost game checks under this drug policy over the last three years. The union did not run to re negotiate. In typical NFLPA fashion, now that the Commish has agreed to independent arbitration on appeals, NFLPA will ask for more. They will raise the bar higher, drag it out and blame the league for dragging their feet. That’s the way D Smith operates because he and the players know he got whooped bad in the last contract.

  18. makimaguro says: Sep 5, 2014 10:29 AM

    Even if a deal gets done I doubt they would start testing until the season is over

  19. rexranius says: Sep 5, 2014 10:45 AM

    Trade off the mary jane and recreational stimulants for HGH. Not saying it won’t result in more suspensions, but at lease the violators will be worthy of a suspension.

  20. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says: Sep 5, 2014 11:02 AM

    As always, in then end, the NFL gets what it wants.

  21. patsfan says: Sep 5, 2014 11:55 AM

    So by dragging their feet after agreeing to HGH testing a few years ago, the NFLPA gets a bye on recreational drugs.

    Sounds like the first win for the NFLPA in a couple of decades.

  22. pats1944 says: Sep 5, 2014 12:14 PM

    Dion Jordan the guy who added 30 pounds of muscle in 4 months and got caught for PEDs which HE said was “adderall”. I guess he might be playing Sunday or we might learn if he was lying or not. Anyone with two brain cells might think it’s suspicious that he added 30 pounds in 4 month and claims it was adderall

  23. ilikegoodthings says: Sep 5, 2014 12:33 PM

    Nobody thinks Josh Gordon got screwed, or wants to see him back on the field, more than I do. But it seems a like a big assumption to assume that any new drug testing accord will be applied retroactively. It just does not seem like something the NFL would do, and it obviously opens them to criticism over the fact that other players that violated the same rules in the same manner, but did so at an earlier time, will receive a much stiffer penalty and the guys that would supposedly get relief under the new deal. That doesn’t seem fair at all.

  24. fanasaurus says: Sep 5, 2014 1:15 PM

    A point that’s never brought up by the “media experts” is the fact between the “haves and have nots”. HGH is an extremely expensive drug, the higher paid players (older, better, more established) can afford the drug, low paid rookie FA and lower level roster guys, practice squad players and the like would be hard pressed to have the funds for this advantage.

  25. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 5, 2014 2:36 PM

    i haven’t seen where goodell has removed himself from final arbiter. i thought that was the holdup.

    and jim irsay only pled to dui. if it were you or me, and we were found in possession of the same amount of drugs and cash as jimbo did, we would have been charged with several felonies. and the cash would have been confiscated as proceeds from a drug transaction. and we would be headed to jail for a while.

    not sure what makes people want to stand up for this p.o.s., but know this; its always better to be a billionaire.

  26. cueghost says: Sep 5, 2014 2:47 PM

    What some of these posters who are referencing Ray Rice don’t understand, is that the NFL is pushing this policy and the Players Union have been resisting it, SO, the removal of the suspensions will be a concession by the NFL to the Players Union in order to get this thing done. The Players Union, of course, does not wish to see Ray Rice’s suspension lengthened, so that has NOTHING to do this new drug policy and the negotiations surrounding it.

  27. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 5, 2014 4:07 PM

    Roger GODell and his minions think they can keep slamming us with their over abused power. They have to be stopped. They are NOT the police. What a player does in his own time is their goddarn business. Gordon is a troubled young man that needs guidance, not punishment from a bunch of Republicans that had an amazing upbringing that took everything for granted growing up. If they “Legalize it” and tax it, we can pay off China’s dept in under half a decade. Stop #Goodelling us already!

  28. jimothytinkler says: Sep 6, 2014 10:26 PM

    How about this: Why the obsession with marijuana? Don’t test for marijuana metabolites AT ALL. It isn’t your place. It’s not a performance-enhancer. END OF STORY.

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