Adrian Peterson indicted for abuse of four-year-old son

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.

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NFLPA approves new drug policy; Wes Welker to be reinstated

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.

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Proposed new policy may leave Josh Gordon on the outside looking in

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.

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New approaches for reducing concussions

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.

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Klis: Drug policy vote to occur Friday, Welker ready to play

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.

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Open Thread: Pittsburgh @ Baltimore

PFF, Benjamin HoffmanDon Banks, and PFT Commenter preview the matchup; Ben Muth discusses the Ravens offense as directed by (wince) Gary Kubiak.

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Schefter: Wes Welker could be reinstated tonight

Well, that would explain the roster vacancy.

Damn, football news sure is depressing

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.

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Broncos re-sign Nathan Palmer to practice squad

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.

The latest on Roger Goodell

It's open season on Roger Goodell.

Current and former players are teeing off on him on Twitter, and the National Organization for Women has called for his resignation.

His response, or at least that from a source close to him ("Never"), calls to mind Dan Snyder's defiance in the face of calls to chance his franchise's blatantly racist name.

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