Agreement on drug policy expected Monday, final documents in 7-10 days

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On Friday, the NFLPA accepted the NFL’s term sheet for a new drug policy.  But that wasn’t enough to get suspended players like Broncos receiver Wes Welker back to work.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an agreement sufficient to allow the suspended players to return is expected to be reached on Monday.  The formal, written documents are expected to be signed within the next 7-10 days.

It wasn’t supposed to be that way.  The NFLPA believed that, when the NFLPA board of player representatives accepted the term sheet on Friday, the suspended players would be able to return.  According to the source, the league contends that it had not accepted the term sheet — the same term sheet that had been tendered to the NFLPA for approval.

A different version has been leaked to some reporters, the source said, in order to give the NFL a way to explain to the teams whose suspended players would have been back as of Sunday why those players aren’t back.

The NFL has not responded to a request for comment regarding that issue, or regarding the anticipated timetable for making the drug policy effective.