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    Players who break the NFL's substance abuse policy next season likely will be banned from playing in next year's Pro Bowl.

    Players who break the NFL's substance abuse policy next season likely will be banned from playing in next year's Pro Bowl.

    Sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw have agreed to ban any player who tests positive for performance-enhancement drugs from playing in the Pro Bowl that same season. The policy would take effect for the 2007 season.

    Upshaw met Monday in Miami with player reps, who supported the ban, union and league sources told Mortensen. One more discussion is planned at the winter scouting combine, with a formal announcement no later than March, Mortensen reported.

    A ban also would have financial implications for some players, because some have Pro Bowl bonuses and base-pay escalators tied to the Pro Bowl that would be negatively affected.

    The news comes less than a week before San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will represent the AFC in Saturday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu. Merriman was named to the AFC roster despite serving a four-game midseason suspension for steroids use.

    Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year, said in December that players who fail drug tests shouldn't be allowed to reap any postseason awards.

    "You really shouldn't be able to fail a test like that and play in this league, to begin with," Taylor said then. "To make the Pro Bowl and all the other awards, I think you're walking a fine line of sending the wrong message.

    "A performance-enhancing drug is, obviously, what it is," Taylor said. "You enhance your performance by doing that. You fail that test, I think it's not right. It's against the rules and ultimately I think it's sending the wrong message to the youth in America and the people who look at this game not only as entertainment but also to learn lessons from it."

    Merriman has denied he's a steroid cheat and blamed his positive test on a tainted supplement.

    Merriman, the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and a Pro Bowl starter, knows some people will remain skeptical.

    "You have to understand that the kind of person I've been and the kind of person I am, there should be no question in nobody's mind -- even though there will be -- about my ability on the football field," Merriman said. "This is God-given talent and that's what I've been showing since I've gotten on a football field. I think over time everybody will see that and know that."

  • #2
    stfu merrima get the hell out of the pro bowl

    yes and finally they put this rule in!

    RIP Darrent It's been one year, Gone but never Forgotten.

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    • #3
      Yes! Stupid steroid abusers.
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      • #4
        Marry-man sucks, get out you steroids junky!
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        • #5
          LOL, too little too late for Merriman this year.

          You shouldn't be eligible for any postseason awards either.

          "Today's the tomorrow that you should've feared yesterday."