The NFL and its union announced agreement on "improvements" to the policy on performance enhancing drugs that includes testing for human growth hormone, neutral arbitration for appeals and will return three previously suspended players back to the field.
The NFL and the NFLPA had not reached a final agreement on proposed changes to the league's drug policy as of Saturday afternoon, meaning suspended players eligible for reinstatement -- like Broncos receiver Wes Welker -- will not play Sunday.
The NFL and its players are closing in on finalizing a new drug agreement that would bring with it HGH testing and major changes to the marijuana policy and could result in the reduction of punishments for currently suspended players.
The NFL Players Association will take a vote Tuesday among its 32 player representatives on a radically revised drug policy after a daylong face-to-face negotiation with the league in New York, according to player sources.
Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.