As the NFL and NFLPA continue to not have a deal on a new, comprehensive drug policy, some more facts have emerged regarding what the league specifically has proposed.
As to the claim that the NFL wants players to be suspended for DUI arrests before their legal cases have ended, a source with knowledge of the negotiations tells PFT that the NFL has proposed a one-game deactivation with pay for the next game after any DUI arrest. It’s not a suspension, and there would be no forfeiture of salary.
Also, the proposal would apply not only to players but also to any other team or league employees, including owners.
That’s a far more reasonable stance than the imposition of actual financial punishment before a case has been adjudicated.
Another sticking point remains regarding the NFL’s desire for a minimum two-game suspension for a first-offense DUI, following the conclusion of the legal process. It’s currently unclear whether the NFLPA would accept that term.
Whatever happens, it’s highly unlikely that suspended players will be unsuspended for Week One. By Week Two, it remains possible.