The NFL and the NFLPA will not finalize an agreement on a new drug policy today, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link), who reports that a deal should be in place early this week. In fact, the negotiations could be completed by as early as Monday night, per Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
After approving the altered policy on Friday, the union has continued to hammer out minor issues with the league — however, Rapoport tweets that the return dates of suspended players is not a point being debated. Rather, the two sides are discussing “language issues,” such as the use of neutral arbiters in the event of law violations. As La Canfora notes, lawyers for the two parties have worked on the agreement for nearly four years, so there’s a committed approach to concluding negotiations.
Rapoport reports (via Twitter) that both the NFL and the NFLPA are pleased with the final outcome of the process, and that the new agreement is “one both are proud of.” Additionally, Rapoport says (Twitter link) that Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley, who was hit with a four-game suspension in June for violating the substance-abuse policy, could see his ban dropped, making him eligible to play in Week 3.