According to the NFL’s new substance abuse policy, all players will be required to wear a mask during games if their on-field usage causes them to become “a distraction to the team.”
The NFL is upping its testing of at-home marijuana users.
There is no specific marijuana usage that causes players to be a distraction on the field, the policy states. Rather, “the other circumstances in which a Player becomes a distraction includes certain physical/mental risks and injuries associated with the game and the unique stresses and environments of professional football.”
Players who abuse alcohol or sleep pills will not have their seasons suspended, but will have their equipment and apparel limited to off-season practices and offseason workouts, rather than training camp and regular season games.
The league will continue to suspend players for use of alcohol and prescribed medications, though it will now exempt ADHD medication, cocaine and methamphetamines.