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NFLPA HGH proposal includes in-season testing

Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:57 pm
The NFLPA is willing to agree to in-season HGH testing. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The ongoing battle between the NFLPA and NFL over the implementation of HGH testing has fallen to the background as the playoffs have heated up, but both sides are still working on getting a plan in place to begin testing for the growth hormone as soon as possible. (Though as we wrote earlier in the year, 2011 isn't happening, obviously.)

CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday's version of The NFL Today that the union's latest proposal to the league contains a heretofore unheard of provision: in-season testing for HGH.

"On Friday the NFLPA sent the NFL a new proposal," Casserly reported Sunday. "The highlight to that proposal? They agreed to having testing in-season. In their previous proposals they only had testing in the offseason and at the beginning of training camp."

Testing in the middle of the season is something that has to happen with HGH testing. Otherwise avoiding being caught for HGH is a simple matter of "not using it until you start playing" which kind of defeats the purpose.

So it's good that the union is willing to budge off that stance.

And it'll be even better if the NFLPA budging off that point can get the NFL and WADA to budge off the idea that it's impossible to give the players their own culture sample for studying the level of HGH in NFL players.

Doing so would likely lead to a quicker resolution of this issue.

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Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:26 am

NFLPA HGH proposal includes in-season testing

It's funny how people look at a jacked baseball player and assume they're on roids, but everybody in the NFL is a physical freak and nobody cares or thinks anything of it. Just a stupid double standard

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:12 pm

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Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:11 pm

NFLPA HGH proposal includes in-season testing

Testing must be done during the season as well.  In order to catch the cheaters it should remain random as well.  One idea would be to have the officials who do the testing be at the teams practice facility on the day of the test, you show up for work you get tested.  That would make a few people think twice and you would add the element of surprise to testing that proves who's legitimate and who's cheating. 

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:40 pm

NFLPA HGH proposal includes in-season testing

This is something that has to be done.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:15 pm

NFLPA HGH proposal includes in-season testing

They are sure taking their time with this, now aren't they?  I don"t think everyone will be ready to be tested until the summer.

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