A new NFL substance-abuse policy would include automatically suspending players who get a DUI, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

The proposal includes first-time offenders. It also imposes a fine that amounts to one game check. The new policy will be implemented when an HGH testing agreement is reached.

The current rules require a two-game fine for players who are deemed legally responsible for a first-offense DUI. Usually, suspensions only apply to a second offense.

The league and the NFLPA have haggled for years over tougher penalties. The union may be willing to go along with the policy change to DUIs stemming from former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent's drunk-driving accident that killed then-teammate Jerry Brown Jr. in December 2012.

The fate of the HGH testing policy depends on whether commissioner Roger Goodell will still have the power to resolve appeals of performance-enhancing drug violations that arise from evidence of drug use aside from a positive test. All appeals based on positive tests will go to a third party for arbitration.

---A lawyer for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice explained, in hypothetical terms, the February incident that got Rice arrested on assault charges.

Rice was arrested following an altercation he had with his fiancee Janay Palmer in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15 in which he struck her. They married later in the month.

he couple made their first public comments Friday at the Ravens' training complex since Rice's arrest.

Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, told New Jersey radio station WENJ-FM that Rice may have been defending himself.

"This is just a complete hypothetical," Diamondstein said. "Let's assume for the sake of argument, rather than enter into the pretrial diversionary program that he entered into, we hypothetically move forward on the case. And hypothetically we litigate 100 motions and the video comes out and the video shows -- hypothetically speaking now, hypothetically speaking -- shows that Ray wasn't the first person that hit and Ray was getting repeatedly hit but just Ray hit harder, fired one back and hit harder."

---A New York Jets fan in California paid $820 for the jersey quarterback Mark Sanchez wore during his infamous "Butt Fumble" play in 2012.

Jake Hendrickson told Yahoo Sports on Saturday that he saw the jersey posted on the NFL auctions website last week and wanted to make sure he was the highest bidder for it.