The NFL has taken steps to make sure that its players do not get into serious trouble again.
The league’s chief drug policy officer, John Wells, has issued a memo that outlines how the league hopes to keep players off the field until their careers are over.
The NFL’s guidelines state that the league will review and update its policies on drug testing every six months to make it more effective.
The memo does not specify how much time the league has allotted for that process.
If a player violates the drug policy and is suspended or expelled from the league, he or she must wait until his or her second suspension expires.
If the suspension is for more than two years, the player must wait three years before the league can review the case.
In some instances, a player can appeal the suspension in court, or the player can seek a new hearing, and the league must grant that request.
In some cases, the league may not require the player to attend a substance abuse treatment program.
The memo does say that a player is required to report drug use to the league and that the player’s record will be kept for a year.
In other instances, the policy allows for a player to voluntarily return to the field if he or her performance improves.
If the player returns, the team will notify the NFL of the player and he or a representative of the team.
If a player refuses to return, the players and the team must notify the league of the refusal.
The team must then make a determination as to whether the player will be reinstated or kicked off the roster.
If an NFL team does not inform the league that a specific player has tested positive for a substance, it is subject to discipline under the collective bargaining agreement.
That includes suspensions and fines.