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HGH testing part of new CBA; testing expected to begin this season

The announcement regarding the official ratification of the CBA should come any minute.

That CBA will include a major victory for the league: blood testing of HGH for NFL players. Judy Battista of the New York Times reports HGH testing is in the agreement. There will be random, annual testing.  The goal is for testing to start at the beginning of the season.

It’s a great victory for the league, but ultimately drug testing is more about public relations than anything else. The drug makers are always way ahead of the drug testers, and HGH is relatively old news in the performance enhancement field for top athletes.

Still, the NFL deserves kudos for being the first U.S. league to institute the testing. Getting the union to agree to blood testing will make it a lot easier to test for any substance in the future.

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33 Responses to “HGH testing part of new CBA; testing expected to begin this season”
  1. txtuff says: Aug 4, 2011 3:57 PM

    There are a lot of NFL players really hoping today that the “drug makers’ are WAY ahead of the curve!

  2. hobartbaker says: Aug 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    How about randomly starting off with that enormous creature with the bizarrely misshapen head that has begun spotted at the Carolina Panthers camp recently.

  3. cincinnasti says: Aug 4, 2011 4:03 PM

    Will this new testing kind of be like opening Pandora’s box?

  4. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Aug 4, 2011 4:05 PM

    And the massive number of shrinking players begins

  5. dafixisin says: Aug 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    You can say goodbye to those players that have somehow seemed to get bigger and stronger, the older they get. Hmmm…

  6. cosmoman11 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    The players agreed to HGH testing and let Goodell stay in charge of the conduct policy. They got pretty gutless in the last few days.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    Time to see if it’s as rampant as so many people have suspected.

  8. sguy2130 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:12 PM

    There was just a collective gasp from 60% of the players on the Steelers.

  9. elwaysbrain says: Aug 4, 2011 4:19 PM

    Cushing, Merriman and Peppers were great players.

  10. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 4, 2011 4:23 PM

    The jig is up for Clayroids.

  11. zeussuperman says: Aug 4, 2011 4:28 PM

    This is going to really complicate the Packer’s plans for a repeat.

  12. dbellina says: Aug 4, 2011 4:30 PM

    Say goodbye to half the league.

  13. jagernation says: Aug 4, 2011 4:32 PM

    they only agreed to vote on hgh testing if one they accept becomes available. nothing to see here folks. this report was inaccurate

  14. kate773 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:34 PM

    I know you should never underestimate the stupidity of a group of people, but I’m pretty sure the players were warned about this possibility long ago. Enough time to end use or cycle off.

  15. kyleortonsarm says: Aug 4, 2011 4:35 PM

    the days of good, clean athletes like Bill Romanowski are over. we obviously need testing for this football generation of hooligans.

  16. hobartbaker says: Aug 4, 2011 4:45 PM

    When the testers called out the name of Mark Ingram, he just let the lids fall over his eyes, drew his great head back under the shell of his trapezius muscles, and remained there until the danger passed.

  17. whatswiththehate says: Aug 4, 2011 4:45 PM

    hobartbaker says:Aug 4, 2011 4:02 PM

    How about randomly starting off with that enormous creature with the bizarrely misshapen head that has begun spotted at the Carolina Panthers camp recently.
    Judging by the size of the male side of his family, it’s clear all his stuff is natural.

    But then again, you seem to enjoy checking out everything about Cam. You must be madly in love with him.

  18. aaronitout says: Aug 4, 2011 4:48 PM

    bye bye CMIII

  19. bobbysworld55 says: Aug 4, 2011 4:53 PM

    Steelers, Houston,cowboys,giants,packers,Vikings,patriots,jets,ravens, beware!!! Hgh test is coming

  20. davoider says: Aug 4, 2011 5:00 PM

    We can all officially say good bye the Steelers season.

  21. jackblackshairyback says: Aug 4, 2011 5:04 PM

    In other news, James Harrison unexpectedly announces his retirement.

  22. smoothjimmyapollo says: Aug 4, 2011 5:15 PM

    “Steelers, Houston, cowboys, giants, packers, Vikings, patriots, jets, ravens, beware!!! Hgh test is coming”

    Really, just those teams? Every team in the NFL probably has guys on some sort of PED. Don’t act like yours doesn’t just because they didn’t get caught and/or suck.

    How many players will get caught for HGH? I bet fewer than 5. Like the steroid tests, they players are usually well aware about when a test is coming and they’re probably already on some as-of-yet undetectable substance created by a Balco-like lab rather than HGH.

  23. bleedsoe9mm says: Aug 4, 2011 5:37 PM

    ray lewis is wondering where he can get some clean tiger blood

  24. Deb says: Aug 4, 2011 5:40 PM

    Woo-hoo, the NFL has HGH testing. That’s great, I guess … if HGH poses a risk to players. I’ve heard it doesn’t do anything–put them at risk or enhance their performance.

    Instead of putting so much emphasis on policing, I wish the league would put more emphasis on players’ health and safety. We know the negative effects and long-term dangers of steroids. It took years and the diligent lobbying of players like Lyle Alzado to get the league to ban them. Now they’re slap-happy about banning everything without bothering to consider its health risk.

    The league should be working to help players create safe supplemental regimens. No player should be suspended for the presence of a nutritional supplement found in a protein shake he can buy at GNC. There must be a saner way to handle all this.

  25. johnnysteel says: Aug 4, 2011 5:42 PM

    Lots of ignorant posts here. Guys, there is no reliable test for HGH. HGH is even out of your system within day. This is just a PR move. The NFL can get away with it since the general public has no idea or most just don’t care about it.
    Just like when every Olympics start, they announce “a new reliable test” for HGH has been developed…”we are going get them this time” and it never lives up to its hype….again a PR move.
    This is such a joke…not even a mention of another popular drug like IGF-1….they haven’t even come close for a test for that. Oh wait, what the heck is IGF-1….let me Google it now!!

  26. zn0rseman says: Aug 4, 2011 5:47 PM

    Unless the NFL got rid of the “random” testing policy they had before and adopted one the requires it and is administered on a schedule by a third party, I’m going to assume the new HGH testing will only impact teams like the Texans, Bengals, Vikings, Rams and Cardinals… while the large market teams like the Bears, Patriots, Giants, Cowboys and Steelers are somehow never on the testing radar.

  27. mmmpieyummy says: Aug 4, 2011 5:52 PM

    Great news, cheaters need to get caught…now if only someone could finally catch Barry Bonds and Tigger Woods…two of the biggest HGH abusers ever!

  28. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 4, 2011 5:57 PM

    bye bye CMIII

  29. alarmbottle says: Aug 4, 2011 6:43 PM

    I’m just curious if Favre ever had it…

  30. melikefootball says: Aug 4, 2011 9:07 PM

    Good for the NFL!!!!!

  31. kniddynamite says: Aug 4, 2011 10:55 PM

    This is all well and good, except the fact that there has never been any evidence suggesting that supplemental HGH has a performance-enhancing effect on non-hormone-deficient men under 50.

    Its efficacy hasn’t even been compellingly demonstrated at putting off the effects of natural HGH depletion in men over 50, and its use in men with hormone deficiencies has only met with moderate results.

    The NFL’s push to test for HGH just shows how much more they care about perception than reality.

  32. rollerino1 says: Aug 4, 2011 11:04 PM

    I thought HGH was the stuff old guys took to feel younger and more virile.

  33. nesuperfan says: Aug 5, 2011 2:15 PM

    giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says:Aug 4, 2011 4:05 PM

    And the massive number of shrinking players begins

    I was thinking: How long until Screech from “Saved by the Bell” comes out of retirement?

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