The NFL has what appears to be another horrifying scandal on its hands, as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse in Texas.
Peterson allegedly whipped his four-year-old son with a tree branch as punishment for having pushed another of Peterson's children during a video game.
The NFLPA voted on Friday to approve a new drug policy that includes HGH testing, increased penalties for drunk driving, and a higher threshold for positive marijuana tests.
According to Mike Klis, Broncos wideout Wes Welker will be reinstated on either Friday night or sometime Saturday, once the agreement is ratified.
Welker had been serving a four-game suspension for a positive result for amphetamines, which he'd allegedly taken while attending the Kentucky Derby.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Speculation continues that Wes Welker could be reinstated today, following the potential passage of a new drug policy.
But Josh Gordon? Not so much.
Adam Schefter reports that Gordon's one-year ban may only be reduced to eight games, because the positive marijuana test that triggered it took place during the 2013 league year.
There’s a new treatment being developed that’s hoped to prevent concussions. The US government has issued a new licence to KannaLife Sciences.
Its purpose is to develop a medication, molecule, or compound that creates a dome-like inner strengthening of the cerebral cortex that would protect the brain from damaging concussions.
KannaLife Sciences had received a license in June, 2012, to use marijuana byproducts to develop a treatment for Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE). The results are encouraging enough to move forward on the concussion problem.
According to Mike Klis, the league's union reps will vote on the new drug policy proposal on Friday afternoon.
Upon approval, Klis says Wes Welker "would be among several" players to be reinstated, suggesting that it's more than just Welker and Josh Gordon.
Both sides, NFL and NFLPA, hoping to finalize a new drug policy tonight in which suspensions will wind up being overturned.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2014
Well, that would explain the roster vacancy.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans! Yes, there is football news that's not directly related to Roger Goodell (although there is more of that below).
Unfortunately, the other news is actually worse.
Arizona defensive end John Abraham has taken a leave of absence from the team, citing severe memory loss and a flagging desire to play the game.
The Broncos have filled their practice squad vacancy by re-signing wideout Nathan Palmer, who was on the active roster for Week 1 (but was a game day inactive).
Oddly, they have not yet filled the opening on their 53-man roster, perhaps holding out hope for a last-minute reinstatement of Wes Welker.
But Welker cannot practice during his suspension, so we'd expect Palmer to end up back on the active roster within the next day or two.
It's open season on Roger Goodell.