New NFL Drug Testing Policy Could Affect Josh Gordon, Wes Welker Suspensions

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | 0


A pair of wide receivers who thought their 2014 seasons would be seriously shortened may have got some incredibly good news tonight.

According to a report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Cleveland Brown Josh Gordon, who has been suspended for the entire 2014 season for repeated violations of the NFL’s drug policy and Wes Welker, who was suspended for four games for amphetamine use this Tuesday (September 2, 2014), may see their bans reduced or even thrown out:

The change would affect Gordon and Welker if a change in the NFL drug testing policy, which will soon be voted on by the players’ association and the owners. Under the proposed new policy, Welker’s violation for offseason amphetamine use would be moved from being a performance-enhancing substance policy to the substance abuse policy.

By comparison, the first performance-enhancing violation earns a player the four-game suspension that Welker received, while the first violation of the substance abuse policy simply receives a warning.

Gordon was banned for the year after numerous failings for marijuana, of which he contends the threshold is much too stringent. The test he failed to earn the yearlong ban was barely above this threshold, which is quite a bit lower than other testing agencies like World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) cutoff for marijuana.

Both Gordon and Welker have appealed their suspensions and lost. If the new drug testing policy were enacted for this season, the policies would affect players who had failed this year proactively.

The new policy would potentially test for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for the first time in NFL history.

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