In case you missed it between hot takes on Adrian Peterson, the NFL and NFLPA finally announced an agreement on a new drug policy for the league.
The impact of the new policy is instant. Several players currently serving suspensions will be back with their teams starting today and can play on Sunday.
Here’s what you need to know about the new deal:
1. Players will now be tested for HGH. Those tests are expected to begin by the beginning of October.
2. A player testing positive for amphetamines (think: adderall) during the offseason will now fall under the substance-abuse policy rather than the performance-enhancing drug policy. Why is this big? It means that an offseason positive test won’t trigger an automatic 4-game suspension.
3. Because of the change, Wes Welker, Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, and Dolphins safety Reshad Jones can play immediately.
4. Any player who is convicted or enters a plea agreement for a DUI will automatically receive a 2-game suspension.
5. In matters where a player appeals a positive test, an independent arbitrator will be appointed to hear any and all appeals.
6. Finally, per multiple reports, Josh Gordon’s one-year suspension will be reduced to 10 games. He will be eligible to return in Week 11.