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  • New Drug Policy approved

    This deserves it's own thread.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...esting-policy/

    [IMG]The 32 player representatives voted moments ago on an NFL Players Association conference call to accept the owners’ proposal on drug testing.[/IMG]

    Details of new policy

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-new-features/

    1. An independent arbitrator will hear appeals for under both the substance-abuse policy and the PED policy. The NFL and NFLPA will jointly select, approve, and pay for a pool of three-to-five arbitrators.

    2. The threshold for a positive test for marijuana will increase to 35 ng/ml. The prior limit was 15 ng/ml; the Olympic standard is 150 ng/ml. Also, the policy will have additional steps for players who test positive for the substance, before an initial suspension.

    3. All players who tested positive or who were otherwise disciplined or placed into the drug or PED program will have retroactivity, with the new rules being reapplied as of March 11, 2014.

    4. A two-game suspension will be issued upon conviction for driving under the influence. However, there will be no action taken after a DUI arrest, as the NFL initially had proposed.

    5. Amphetamines taken without a Therapeutic Use Exemption during the offseason will be evaluated under the substance-abuse policy. During the season, a positive test without a TUE will continue to be a violation of the PED policy.

    6. Testing for hGH will occur in the 2014 season. There will be no population study, but the players will have the ability to challenge the science during the appeal process. No blood samples will be collected on game days.

    7. Independent investigators will be retained to review cases of breached confidentiality. Any employers of the league, the teams, the union, players, and agents found to be in violation of the confidentiality provision will face fines of up to $500,000, termination of employment, or other discipline.

  • #2
    They're still testing way higher on pot than the Olympics. They should have held out for that, I think. The owners were the ones with their backs against the wall.

    There will be a lot of older and fringe players getting suspended for the HGH thing. And get ready for lots of sudden retirements.

    The rest of the issues are big wins for the players, with the independent arbitrator, reduced sentences and performance enhancing drugs that don't have long term affects but are taken recreationally in the offseason.

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    • #3
      How long does HGH remain detectable in a person's blood?

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      • #4
        The start to this NFL season sure has been exciting. A new drug policy! A new domestic abuse policy! I'm sure a new child abuse policy is right around the corner. I just hope this season can get rolling and football can again be the #1 topic of the season. Anyway, I'm glad the league and the union could see the flaws in the previous drug policy and improve upon it.

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        • #5
          Looks like picking up Josh Gordon will pay off, at some point.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Powderaddict View Post
            How long does HGH remain detectable in a person's blood?
            You have some in your blood right now. Human Growth Hormone, like Testosterone, is a naturally occurring hormone. I assume they're looking for elevated levels.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HILife View Post
              Looks like picking up Josh Gordon will pay off, at some point.
              Mort indicated that Gordon could be facing a 10-game suspension. The two weeks he's already served, plus eight more. That means he'd be back for the Falcons on 11/23, which would be week 11 in most fantasy leagues. After that, Bills, Colts, Bengals and Panthers. They finish the season vs. the Ravens, but many leagues wrap up before week 17.

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              • #8
                Players can no longer use the excuse of "adderall" when being suspended 4 games for steroids. That's good.

                Welker would still be suspended if he actually took steroids and not adderall.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Old Dude View Post
                  Mort indicated that Gordon could be facing a 10-game suspension. The two weeks he's already served, plus eight more. That means he'd be back for the Falcons on 11/23, which would be week 11 in most fantasy leagues. After that, Bills, Colts, Bengals and Panthers. They finish the season vs. the Ravens, but many leagues wrap up before week 17.
                  By then Johnny Football could be the starter. If so, Gordon's gotta build rapport with him. Plus he's going to have to shake off some rust. Could be risky near playoff time in Fantasy Football. Lots of "IF's" involved.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Old Dude View Post
                    Mort indicated that Gordon could be facing a 10-game suspension. The two weeks he's already served, plus eight more. That means he'd be back for the Falcons on 11/23, which would be week 11 in most fantasy leagues. After that, Bills, Colts, Bengals and Panthers. They finish the season vs. the Ravens, but many leagues wrap up before week 17.
                    In a league I am in we have a $100 free agent budget for the season (blind bidding). One guy got Gordon this week for $98. Pretty expensive if Gordon's going to miss 10 games.

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                    • #11
                      Solid new policy. Definitely like the 3rd part arbitration on appeals.
                      This should cut down on the suspensions but it will not stop it. Players love doing stupid ****.

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                      • #12
                        Now that they are testing for HGH I wonder what will happen.

                        Drop off of intensity/ talent?

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                        • #13
                          So with the new rules what does this do for guys like Von or Prater who are already in violation with the substance abuse and alcohol programs already? Does this lead the way towards them being able to eventually cycle out of the programs or is it just the same as always for them?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Powderaddict View Post
                            How long does HGH remain detectable in a person's blood?



                            They will be finding it in Stallone's body 20 years after he dies.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Kaylore View Post
                              You have some in your blood right now. Human Growth Hormone, like Testosterone, is a naturally occurring hormone. I assume they're looking for elevated levels.
                              Sorry, I should have phrased it "how long after increasing the levels of HGH artificially do the offending levels remain detectable?"
                              Last edited by Powderaddict; 09-12-2014, 08:14 PM.

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