Josh Norman Comments on Mandatory Drug Test Following Cowboys vs. Redskins

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2016

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Landover, Md. Will $75 million Redskins CB Josh Norman be assigned to cover the Cowboys' Dez Bryant on Sunday? (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Washington cornerback Josh Norman expressed his frustration with the NFL after he was required to take a drug test following Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

"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.com. "It's crazy. Don't have anything left in the tank and they want you drug tested? I don't understand it. I don't get it, I really don't. What's a day gonna do? It's stupid."

Norman said it was the first time he has ever been tested on the day of a game. Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Norman was heard yelling at a trainer after being informed he'd have to give a sample. At the time he was informed, Norman was reportedly preparing to leave the team facility.

He complied with the test after meeting with the media; players are required to complete all drug tests within a three-hour window of when they're informed. Had Norman refused to take the test, it would have been considered equivalent to his failing.

Norman is not known to be in the NFL's drug program. However, each player is tested at least once per year at random and can be tested multiple times.

Norman recorded five tackles and forced a fumble in Washington's closely contested loss. In his first season with the team, he's recorded 11 tackles and five passes defensed through two games.

He's mostly performed admirably after signing a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington in the offseason. However, he's taken some criticism for not always covering the opposing team's best receiver; he only lines up on the left side of the field, much like Richard Sherman normally does with Seattle. Norman is also a fiery player on and off the field, and he'll face old nemesis Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants in Week 3.

It's unclear if any other Washington players were required to take a test Sunday.

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