New NFL Drug Policy Affects Former Bobcats

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The NFL and NFL Players Association announced a new drug policy on Wednesday afternoon, and it has some implications on some former Bobcats.

Wide receiver LaVon Brazill (2007-2011) and offensive lineman Eric Herman (2008-2012) were both suspended by the NFL during the offseason for violating the league’s old drug policy. Brazill was suspended for the entire 2014 season for failing another drug test for marijuana, and Herman was suspended for the first four games of the season after testing positive for a banned stimulant.

Now, both suspensions got shorter.

With the new drug policy in place, several NFL players that were suspended for PED use—including Herman—are immediately re-instated after serving only two games of their suspension and are eligible to play in Week 3. 

Herman, a member of the New York Giants, was activated on Wednesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. 

In Brazill’s case, he still faces a suspension, but instead of being the entire 2014 season, it has been reduced to 10 games. It doesn't affect Brazill as much at the moment, however, as he was released by the Indianapolis Colts near the end of July after being suspended, and has since signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.