The NFL wants a level playing field — or at least it says it does — and that includes random drug tests to ensure players aren’t gaining a competitive advantage over their opponents.
The NFL tagged veteran cornerback Josh Norman for a drug test after his Washington Redskins lost 27-23 to the rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and he wasn’t happy about it.
“How the NFL has us drug tested right after the game, I don’t understand that. I really don’t,” Norman said, per John Keim of ESPN. “It’s crazy. Don’t have anything left in the tank and they want you drug tested? I don’t understand it.”
Norman added: “I don’t get it, I really don’t,” Norman said. “What’s a day gonna do? It’s stupid.”
The league should probably find a better time for drug testing. The last thing on players’ minds after a game is going through a test. They’re trying to rest and recover mentally and physically after 60 minutes of intense game action.
Random drug tests aren’t Norman’s only concern. His Redskins are 0-2 and sit at the bottom of the NFC East standings. The team’s defense, which he was brought in over the offseason to help as a $75 million free agent, has allowed 65 points in two games.
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