Issues still need to be resolved in new league drug policy

Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:11pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A new NFL drug policy that would allow testing for HGH for the first time and raise the threshold for use of marijuana has not yet been formally approved, the National Football League said.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) agreed to terms for a new policy following a vote by player representatives on Friday and empowered negotiators to finalize an agreement with the league.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, however, said there was still work to be done.

“We have not yet reached an agreement with the union on revisions to our drug programs. There continue to be significant unresolved issues,” Aiello tweeted on Friday night.

Asked on Saturday if there was a timetable for installing a new doping agreement, Aiello told Reuters in an e-mail: "We are continuing to work through the remaining issues."

George Atallah, assistant executive director at the NFLPA, also acknowledged there was work to be done.

"Term sheet has to be signed off on by the NFL," he tweeted to Reuters. "Then we will work on the full policies. As fast as the lawyers go..."

Several suspended NFL players were left in limbo as a result of the policy not being finalized.   Continued...