Despite the players operating under the belief that there would be a 30-day grace period, 11 NFL players are facing fines and/or a suspension for testing positive for recreational drugs after the lockout ended, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported on Saturday night.
Ten of the players face fines, while one has a previous violation of the drug policy and faces a suspension. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, two of the players in the Yahoo! report are Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams.
Cole's report is not so much about the 11 players, but a growing discontent about NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.
"Even the guys who don’t worry about getting tested, they were wondering what was going on," a player representative told Cole. "It wasn’t what everybody was led to believe and it made guys wonder what else had fallen through the cracks...
"Ever since we approved the agreement, it’s been one thing after another and we can’t get straight answers on a lot of stuff."
As Cole notes, the union faced criticism for reportedly "signing off" on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's desire to suspend eight players for violations of the personal conduct policy during the lockout. One of those players, Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson, was originally suspended for three games. Benson fought the suspension and had it reduced to one.