New NFL Drug Policy For 2014

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Sep 17, 2014

Here's what the new policy looks like following some revisions. 


  • HGH testing has been implemented immediately for this season. Testing is expected begin by the end of September.
  • Any appeal of a positive PED test (including HGH) will go in front of a third-party neutral arbitrator. "Appeals will be processed more expeditiously" under the new policy.
  • Retroactive discipline for three specific players -- Wes Welker, Orlando Scandrick and Stedman Bailey -- makes each immediately eligible to return to their respective clubs.
  • Discipline for violations of the PED policy (including HGH) will be modified.
  • A first violation will be up to six games depending on the nature of the violation:
    • - Using diuretics or masking agents will result in a two-game suspension.
      - Using steroids, stimulants, HGH or other banned substances will result in a four-game suspension.
      - Attempting to manipulate a test will result in a six-game suspension.
  • A second violation will result in a 10-game suspension.
  • A third violation will result in a two-year minimum banishment.
  • Testing positive for offseason banned stimulants will not result in a PED suspension; instead, the player will be put into the substance abuse program.
  • "In cases involving discipline for violations other than positive tests (for example, a violation of law), the Commissioner will retain his current disciplinary authority."

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