NFL Players` union agrees to revised drug policy

The National Football League could begin testing for human growth hormone sometime this season after the players` union unanimously approved a revised drug policy on Friday.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 13, 2014, 11:43 AM IST
NFL Players` union agrees to revised drug policy

Washington: The National Football League could begin testing for human growth hormone sometime this season after the players` union unanimously approved a revised drug policy on Friday.

The addition of HGH testing would be a significant gain for the league as it attempts to control the use of performance-enhancing drugs by players. The testing would begin at some point during the 2014 season.

"This is a historic moment for our players and our league," said NFLPA president Eric Winston. "We have collectively bargained drug policies that will keep the game clean and safe, but also provide our players with an unprecedented level of fairness and transparency."

The league still needs to approve the deal.

The policy would also increase the threshold for positive marijuana tests and move positive tests for amphetamine use from the classification of a performance-enhancing substance to one of abuse.

That means players who are currently serving suspensions for amphetamines could have those overturned immediately and be eligible to play as soon as this weekend.

Among those players falling into that category are Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Miami Dolphins defenders Dion Jordan and Reshad Jones.