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Report: Suspended Will Be Allowed To Play In Week 2 With Agreement On New Drug Policy

Update:

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that NFL players currently serving suspensions that would benefit from the rules changes outlined in the new NFL Drug Policy will be eligible to play in Week 2.

  • Mortensen adds that as soon the player reps vote in the coming hours, the names of the players that will be reinstated will be released.
  • According to Mortensen, the number is not expected to exceed 20 players, but will be in the double-digits.
  • Ed Werder reports that Cowboys starting CB Orlando Scandrick expects to play on Sunday if/when he’s reinstated.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon will still serve 10-game suspension under the terms of the new NFL Drug Policy.

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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has a breakdown posted of the changes that will be made to the NFL’s new drug policy if/when an agreement is eventually reached.

  • An independent arbitrator will hear appeals for under both the substance-abuse policy and the PED policy.
  • The limit for a positive test for marijuana will increase from 15 ng/ml to 35 ng/ml.
  • Any player that tested positive or was disciplined after March 11, 2014 will have the new rules retroactivity applied.
  • The NFL will take action for DUI cases,  but a two-game suspension will be issued once a player has been convicted.
  • Players that take Amphetamines without a Therapeutic Use Exemption during the offseason will be evaluated under the substance-abuse policy and a positive test during the regular season will fall under the PED policy.
  • Testing for hGH will begin during the 2014 season and players will have the ability to challenge with an appeal.
  • The NFL will retain independent investigators to review cases of breached confidentiality.

Josina Anderson of ESPN spoke to a player rep who told her:  “Just got an email. Conference call at 5 today.”

  • Anderson’s sources emphasized that “everything is still fluid” and they are still talking.

We’ll have more updates throughout the day regarding the new drug policy and suspensions being lifted for players as the news is available.