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NFL reaches agreement with players on drug testing

NFL reaches agreement with players on drug testing. (Source: MGN Online) NFL reaches agreement with players on drug testing. (Source: MGN Online)
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CBS Sports is reporting that the NFL says it has reached an agreement with the Players Association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, which includes human growth hormone testing.

According to reports, under the new rules, three previously suspended players will return to their teams this week: Broncos' Wes Welker, Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick and Rams' Stedman Bailey. 

The article makes no mention of Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended last month for the entire NFL season, due to a failed drug test.

It looks like Gordon will be back with the team for the Atlanta Falcons game on Nov. 23.

When he gets back, head coach Mike Pettine tells 19 Action News investigative reporter Scott Taylor he will sit down with the Pro Bowl receiver and have a discussion with him. 

Gordon could be back working out inside Browns headquarters as early as Thursday. 

Its expected his season-long suspension will be reduced to just 10 games under the new NFL drug policy. 

Pettine says the Browns top brass might be chatting with the NFL about Gordon's return, but at Wednesday's routine talk with the media, he said he hasn't heard anything. 

"Until he is here and we get official word, then we will deal with it at that point," said Pettine.

Coach Pettine says he and GM Ray Farmer have in the past, both sat down with Gordon to discuss issues, and when Gordon gets the green light to join the team, he will have a face-to-face again. 

"When that occurs, we will sit down with him and lay the plan out to him," added Pettine.

During his suspension, Gordon was barred from working out with the Browns, but that could be lifted this week.

"I don't care if it's 10th guy on the practice squad or it's one of your better players. I just think that communication is important. Too many times you get caught making assumptions, so I think it's better to be out in the open," explained Pettine.

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