Re: Ray Edwards return date
This isn't like the Vitamin Water thing, which had nothing to do with banned substances and everything to do with advertising contracts.
Keep in mind he fell to the 4th round because of character concerns. Personally I don't want to see him back on the squad.
Whoa nelly, easy. No way we kick him off. Who honestly cares anymore? I don't. Plus, The supplement he took......was it steroids, or just not a company the NFL supports.... ala the Vitamin Water ad fines. Was he drinking Vitamin Water and they found out, or was it more serious like HGH?
It was an unapproved supplement, so somewhere in the middle.
From the reports I read it was still a legal supplement, jsut not allowed by the NFL.
In this case, Edwards took a banned performance enhancing drug and got caught.
What about the banned substances, legal supplements, and allowable supplments, etc.?
Essentially, the NFL has two lists.
One list is banned substances (pdf list). The banned substances are types of steroids, for example.
The second list is approved supplements (link).
The approved supplements are specific brands of products, such as specific labels for creatine or whatever.
The approved supplements are provided by reputable companies and have a 'goal post label.'
These products are certified by the NFL as containing no banned substances and only including the ingredients on the label.
A product that isn't on the list of approved supplements doesn't necessarily contain banned substances and therefore is not necessarily prohibited by the NFL.
But the league's policy is that you take those products at your own risk - they're not going to let you off the hook after a positive test because the supplement you took had a banned substance that wasn't listed in the ingredients.
Edwards took had some banned substance in it.
He took steroids.
His claim is that he did so unknowingly (e.g., he bought protein powder and the manufacturer mixed in a banned substance).
That may be true or that may be just a lie.
It doesn't really matter to the NFL.
He's still going to get the same suspension.
If it had been an approved supplement, the NFL would have tested his supply and, if it were tainted, he would have been off the hook.
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