Drug testing: The league will not be reducing the penalty for players who test positive for ephedra or other banned substances in dietary supplements, NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis confirmed Thursday. The penalty for a first positive test will continue to be a four-game suspension without pay, despite attempts by NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw to negotiate a lighter sentence. Because the rule is part of the collective bargaining agreement, both sides would have to agree for changes to occur, and the NFL isn't budging.
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