And just like that, things suddenly change. With a couple of final weeks of negotiations as the season started, the NFL and the NFL Players Association have reached an agreement on a new drug testing policy. After years of the NFLPA attempting to hold out on HGH testing in an effort to get better concessions from the league, the two sides realized something had to be done this week as several high profile players were suspended as the 2014 NFL season opened.
The new policy takes effect immediately, which is where an adjustment to the previously issued suspensions comes in to play. If the new policy is the 2014 policy, the players already suspended by the league should fall under the new rules, not the 2013 and older set of testing policies.
For the Miami Dolphins, that means safety Reshad Jones and defensive end Dion Jordan are now back with the team and eligible to play. Both players had been suspended for four games under the league's performance enhancing drug policy; both players suggested that whatever caused the positive test was part of a supplement they took without checking with team doctors.
The Dolphins play the Buffalo Bills this weekend, and both Jones and Jordan are eligible to be active for the game, under the agreement.
To make room on the roster for Jones and Jordan, the Dolphins have to release or waive two other players.
The NFL has released a statement that the drug policy agreement is not yet finalized and that ""unresolved issues" may delay the final approval. ESPN's Chris Mortensen's sources have stated the largest source of disagreement is the reinstatement of the suspended players ahead of this weekend's contests. This is despite NFL.com reporting that the deal is complete.