Representatives for safety Reshad Jones and defensive end Dion Jordan -- both serving suspensions under the current NFL performancing enhancing substance policy -- are monitoring the progress of an eventual agreement on a new policy because that new agreement could end both players' suspension immediately, The Miami Herald has learned.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have been negotiating the terms of a new policy covering performance enhancing drugs. ProFootballTalk.com today reported a new policy could be moments away from being agreed to and announced.
That new policy could end the suspensions for both Dolphins defensive players because NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has said the union is seeking to reverse suspensions that occurred this year based on the previous policy.
Players suspended for PEDs in the old (current) policy are suspended for the first flagged positive test. But multiple national media outlets have reported that under the new drug policy, certain stimulants would be characterized under the league's policy for substance abuse.
And under the substance abuse guidelines, a player enters the treatment program with the first positive test but is not suspended. The substance abuse program includes counseling, and increased testing but more than one positive test must occur before the player reaches the suspension phase.
As it applies to Jones and Jordan, it is possible they would be remanded into the substance abuse program and required to undergo more frequent testing and counseling, but their four-game suspensions would be voided if Smith and the NFLPA gets its wish.
The devil will be in the details as it is unknown what substances under the current PEDs policy Jordan and Jones tested positive for and whether all postive tests under the old policy would be remanded to the substance abuse policy. Sources for both players declined over the past two days to specify what substances they tested positive for.
Jones recently complained that his positive test -- which was appealed and upheld -- was not for "anything that helped me play better," he said. "That's not me. If that was me, I would have really gone out and gotten big and faster but I didn't. I don't have to do that."