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Several NFL owners want Roger Goodell's role to be modified so that the commissioner would not decide on the initial player punishment but rather yield to a neutral arbitration panel chosen by the union and league.

Obviously the majority of the owners lobbying to strip Goodell of his power are those whose teams have been most affected by the punishments. If they want a figurehead, then perhaps they should own a team in London if the World League ever starts up again. They can then defer all their decisions to the Queen of England.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

13 Oct, 08:43 AMSource

NFL will begin testing for human growth hormone on Monday.

And thus part of the new agreement concerning drug testing will go into effect. It will be interesting to see how many players will be caught in the new testing program.
Analyst: Ivar G. Anderson  View Profile

4 Oct, 03:48 PMSource

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on wide-ranging improvements to their policy on performance enhancing substances that include the use of third-party arbitration appeals of positive tests and implementation of testing for human growth hormone within the next few weeks.

The NFL and the Players' Association will release the full policy Wednesday and teams will have a much better understanding as to the rules and which players will be reinstated for this week and beyond.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Sep, 10:37 AMSource

The NFL and the NFL Players Association are finalizing a new drug policy Tuesday evening, and a formal announcement is expected to be made by Wednesday morning, NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports.

Once the new policy is ratified and announced, we'll have a much better idea as to which suspended players will be reinstated and who stays on the shelf. Stay tuned for announcement sometime in the early evening Wednesday.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Sep, 08:37 AMSource

NFL and NFLPA will not reach an agreement on a drug policy Sunday. They are hoping for an agreement early this week.

With that said, Wes Welker will not be active for Week 2, so those in need of wide receiver help will want to turn to another alternative.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

14 Sep, 07:29 AMSource

NFLPA isn't yet confirming the names of players who will be clear to return to action, but source says it's in the range of 20.

Of the most notable players are Wes Wlker and possibly Patriots cornback Brandon Browner. Josh Gordon is likely not going to be back until week 10 at the soonest, but we'll know more as details come out.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

12 Sep, 07:22 PMSource

NFL players have approved the terms of the new drug policy agreement with the NFL.

While details haven't been completely released, it's looking like previously suspended players such as Welker will be eligible to return this weekend. On the other hand, Josh Gordon will likely be suspended until Week 10, but it's impossible to know the immediate futures of any of these players until the NFL releases more specifics.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

12 Sep, 07:09 PMSource

The NFL and NFLPA are hoping to reach an agreement by Thursday evening which will finalize a new drug policy and potentially overturn recent suspensions.

Ugh. Anyone else bored with this already? Probably everyone that doesn't own Josh Gordon. We'll await word, but the idea of morons like Pacman Jones, Kenny Britt and Justin Blackmon all getting a chance to sue the NFL just makes it all sound so ridiculous.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

11 Sep, 03:45 PMSource

NFL Players Association conducted a conference call with its 32 player reps Tuesday night after receiving a drug-policy proposal from the NFL, and it ended without a vote.

This is going to be a fairly long and drawn out process. Both the league and the players have so much ground to cover. But for those of you holding out hope that Josh Gordon is going to be back at some point this season, keep in mind that, according to NFL sources, the league has been put on notice that if Gordon's suspension is reduced or rescinded, any player who was fined or suspended after the 2011 CBA was implemented is expected to sue the league. The NFL most certainly does not want that.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

10 Sep, 07:41 AMSource

NFL sources say that if Josh Gordon and Wes Welker have their suspensions reduced or rescinded, everyone dating back to new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011 will fight for revised suspensions and fine reductions, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

This is all just noise until something happens. I think we all should just sit back and wait until a ruling actually happens before we start running to the waiver wires to grab up Josh Gordon and other suspended players.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

9 Sep, 02:36 PMSource

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