NEW YORK - Four players projected to be taken in the middle to low rounds of next week’s NFL draft have tested positive for marijuana, a source said.
The four include two from Wisconsin: defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne and guard Jonathan Clinkscale; defensive tackle Eric Coleman of Clemson and safety Atcheson Conway of Bowie, according to a source within the league who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The tests were administered at the NFL scouting combine, as was the one in which Northwestern defensive tackle Luis Castillo tested positive for androstenedione, which is considered a steroid by the NFL. Castillo, whose draft status was rising quickly before the positive test became public, is considered a potential first- or second-round pick.
The NFL, which does not disclose information on drug tests, had no comment.
A player who tests positive for street drugs such as marijuana goes into the first stage of the NFL’s drug program. That makes him subject to random testing up to 10 times a month for two years and subject to a fine or suspension if he tests positive again.
A player who tests positive for steroids before he comes into the league is subject to “reasonable cause” testing for steroids up to 24 times a year for his entire career. A player already in the league who tests positive for steroids is subject to suspension as a first-time offender.
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