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Failing a Marijuana Combine Test May No Longer Be NFL Teams’ Biggest Concern

By Mike Freeman

Last year, like so many others, more than 300 prospects lined up at the NFL Scouting Combine, went into a room and peed into a cup.

Most would pass the litany of tests the NFL runs to see whether any players are using drugs banned under the collective bargaining agreement. But one drug in particular seems to snag multiple players every year: marijuana.

No matter the position—defensive linemen, quarterbacks, wide receivers, offensive linemen—someone gets caught either with marijuana in their system or a diluted sample that constitutes a positive test under the CBA.

Last year, the big name was Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster. He told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that his failed test was due to a diluted sample. Foster said food poisoning caused him to become dehydrated, so he drank a large amount of water to rehydrate.

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