NEW YORK (CBSDFW.COM) — The NFL says it has reached an agreement with the players union on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, allowing Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick to return this week.
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Scandrick rejoined the Cowboys at Valley Ranch on Wednesday.
“Orlando showed up a half hour ago and jumped right into meetings with the defensive backs,” said head coach Jason Garrett Wednesday morning. “We expect him to practice today.”
Garrett says that Scandrick “looks good” and is excited to practice.
The Broncos’ Wes Welker and Rams’ Stedman Bailey will also be eligible to return under the revised policy.
The league announced Wednesday that the new drug policy will include the addition of human growth hormone testing, which should be fully implemented by the end of September.
A first violation of the performance enhancing drug policy, which includes HGH, will result in a suspension without pay of four games. If masking agents are detected, the players is subject to an additional two-game suspension.
A second violation will result in a 10-game suspension without pay. Third-time offenders will be banished from the league for a minimum of two years.READ MORE: Texas Joins Oklahoma's Effort To Overturn McGirt
Positive tests for banned stimulants during the offseason will not lead to player suspensions. Instead, the player will be referred to the substance abuse program.
Scandrick falls into this category after testing positive for amphetamines this offseason.
Players who test positive for banned stimulants during the season will still be subject to a four-game suspension.
The league is also adjusting the appeals process. Appeals under the PED policy will be heard by a third-party arbitrator. All other appeals will continue to be handled by the commissioner.
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