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NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Posted on: August 3, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 4:22 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Days before the players agreed to the new collective bargaining agreement, but after the owners had already voted to ratify their version of it, NFL attorney Jeff Pash told the New York Daily News that the league not only plans to institute random blood testing for human growth hormone during the 2011 season, but that the NFLPA fully supports it.

"We expect that we will have testing for HGH," Pash said on July 21. "I think that both sides believe that's important for the integrity of the game and that we should continue to be leaders here. I think that's a view that's strongly held by the players as it by us. "

On Tuesday, Judy Battista of the New York Times reported that "The NFL, whose new collective bargaining agreement is expected to be completed and ratified by Thursday, could begin blood testing for human growth hormone as soon as September, according to a person briefed on the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly, making it the first major North American sports league to conduct such testing on its top players with the union’s consent."

The potential bump in the road? Assuming that the new CBA will be completed and ratified by Thursday. CBSSports.com's Will Brinson wrote earlier Wednesday that some players "doubt" a CBA will be ratified in time, although CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman hears that there's nothing to worry about and everything is still on track.

The NFLPA has long opposed testing, citing concerns about reliability and calling the process "invasive," but Battista writes that both NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "have long seen a need for growth hormone testing and want to cast the NFL as a leader in combating drugs in major sports. … Details to be worked out include how many players will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs and how they would be randomly selected when drug testing resumes. There was no drug testing of any kind conducted during the lockout."

In July, Pash suggested that while there were some issues that needed to be ironed out, "we would hope that [testing] could be ramped up by the start of the season." On Tuesday, he sounded similarly encouraged, even if the testing is pushed back a few weeks. “I think both sides have a commitment to being leaders in this area and to having the best possible program and they recognize that having testing for growth hormone is part of having the best program."

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah, however, reiterated that “The players have not agreed to any comprehensive drug testing proposal,” although Freeman notes Wednesday that "One of the things the two sides have been doing is working on HGH testing. Once that is wrapped up the CBA will be finalized."

And then, hopefully, we won't have to hear the words "lockout" and "collective bargaining agreement" for at least a decade.

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Comments

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:58 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

BigJim, couldn't agree with you more.  This is going change the game of football as we know it!



Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:37 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

     Having a good amount of knowledge of the inner workings of football in general, especially in college and the NFL, if this HGH testing is strictly enforced then you all better be prepared for more injuries than you have ever seen in a full year. My estimate is that 75 percent of guys in the NFL are taking HGH, if not more. Production is going to decrease within 2 years and the lifespan of a player is dramatically going to decrease. Please people, lets get real, The NFL does not want this to happen therefore dont expect this blood testing to be legit. The guys the NFL want to make an example out of will be prosecuted while those who are "role models" will not be bothered. Its gonna come down to whoever the union wants to turn thier backs on.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:43 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

They actually won the NFL Championship in 1969.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:40 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Richard Seymour step up...you will be first on this list.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:31 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

King B that sure is some kind of blind faith.  Wasn't he cut like 8 times before he even made a roster? I wonder what got him over the hump?



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:59 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

NO! This sucks!  Let the boys use HGH it keeps them healthy and strong.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 3:04 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

james harrison is a target for sure but he is a workout machine! an all natural freak!



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:23 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Hey... someone... anyone?? Please remind me when the Vi-Qweens have ever won a SB and held the NFL title.... hmmm. Thats right.... never!! :)



Since: Mar 3, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:18 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

Say goodbye to all the big heads in the NFL. 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:32 am
 

NFL says it's closer to testing players for HGH

This is a waste of time. There is no reliable test for HGH at this time. Concentrate on something else. 


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