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HGH testing to begin as early as next week

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Well, that was fast.

With the NFL and the NFLPA in agreement to conduct HGH testing but at impasse on how to do it, two members of Congress clunked their heads together and worked it out.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has posted on Twitter that Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) announced the development today, after meeting with principals from both sides.

The entity most in need of the clunking was the NFLPA, which had been resisting HGH testing due to concerns that the World Anti-Doping Agency protocol was based on HGH naturally occurring in athletes far different than football players.  NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith did not attend the meeting; he told Congress that he is traveling abroad.  (We’re told that he is in China on Players Inc. business.)

The testing will begin as early as next week.

Aiello isn’t just a reporter; he’s also a photographer.  The image accompanying this story of Issa (left) and Cummings announcing the deal was posted by Aiello, who hopefully won’t be asking us for any fee for using it.

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74 Responses to “HGH testing to begin as early as next week”
  1. iambadkid says: Oct 14, 2011 12:59 PM

    well if the players stay out of trouble with steroids and other drugs then the NFL wouldnt put HGH testing as part of the new CBA.

  2. jimbobobjr says: Oct 14, 2011 1:00 PM

    Ray Lewis will be the first. I’m calling it.

  3. packerrube13 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:01 PM

    All jokes aside about who we suspect is using, I can’t wait to see who fails the test.

    I’m very intrigued. I wonder how much this will impact the game. Will it be MLB sized, or is it really just a select few?

    We’ll soon find out!

  4. mavajo says: Oct 14, 2011 1:01 PM

    In other unrelated news, Clay Matthews has announced his retirement on Twitter.

    I kid, I kid. Hey, if I didn’t say it, someone else would have.

    Go Packers!

  5. yevrag3535 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:02 PM

    Watch some of the second level line players fail, not the super stars. They are the NFL’s bread and butter, they will not inflict pain on themselves. Just wait and see.

  6. boiler72 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:02 PM

    I can hardly wait to see Vikings fans start running their mouths off, about Clay Matthews. Here we go …

  7. chicity2218 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:02 PM

    *cough* clay matthew

  8. melikefootball says: Oct 14, 2011 1:04 PM

    Something is up here! The players union rep does not go to meeting, this was already in new contract. Sounds like the players know that when the testing starts heads will roll.

  9. philwauke says: Oct 14, 2011 1:06 PM

    Oh Crap!

    signed
    Clay Matthews

  10. kayotiicdat says: Oct 14, 2011 1:07 PM

    Clay Matthews made the smart decision and stopped in the off season. We all know why he had one dominant year in college and one dominant year in the NFL. HGH is Matthews

  11. sj39 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:07 PM

    Everyone hear that big “uh-oh”?

  12. phatasswiscofanssux says: Oct 14, 2011 1:11 PM

    Sounds like the packers fans are worried. They Should be. If the league tested last year they would not have made the playoffs.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 14, 2011 1:12 PM

    Fans don’t care about having a so called “clean” game.

  14. infectorman says: Oct 14, 2011 1:13 PM

    Bob Sanders is SO relieved he already had
    his bi-annual snapped Bicep tendon and is on IR.
    Otherwise, he’d have some splainin’ to do

  15. groundpounder95 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    The Whizzinator’s website just crashed…

  16. stanmackley says: Oct 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    this will mark the end of a good start for the lions.

  17. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 14, 2011 1:14 PM

    Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing test positive for steroids before their draft.

    then, magically, those reports go away.

    because Pete Carroll and USC were the highest moral and ethical standard in the NCAA, I have no reason to be suspicious…

  18. iknowitallandmore says: Oct 14, 2011 1:15 PM

    James Harrison will be very very quiet now

  19. packerrube13 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:15 PM

    phatasswiscofanssux says:
    Oct 14, 2011 1:11 PM
    Sounds like the packers fans are worried. They Should be. If the league tested last year they would not have made the playoffs.
    —————————————–

    Ha ha another bitter Viking fan. Clay Mathews doesn’t use HGH. Just because he went to college with a guy that did, doesn’t make him guilty by association.

    I’m going to laugh my a** off when Jared Allen tests positive.

  20. groundpounder95 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:17 PM

    Clay Matthews weighed a buck 85 in high school then somehow packs on 45 to 50 pounds of muscle…..veins popping out of calfs and foreheads is not natural.

    Signed,

    not a fan of vikings or pack. Just an observer of the obvious.

  21. seneca1ss says: Oct 14, 2011 1:19 PM

    Me thinks players over 30 start dropping like flies

  22. mineallmine001 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:24 PM

    Side effects of HGH use

    The bones of the feet, hands, fingers, nose and jaw grow, along with the soft tissue of the face—the nose, lips, nasolabial folds, forehead and tongue—[which] increase in size to give one a Frankenstein look….

    Peyton Manning?

  23. ajknox88 says: Oct 14, 2011 1:26 PM

    stanmackley says:
    Oct 14, 2011 1:14 PM
    this will mark the end of a good start for the lions.
    _______

    lol what lion juices? Nobody looks out of line like Clay Matthews.

  24. polishrod says: Oct 14, 2011 1:29 PM

    Clay Matthews better start planning an extended vacation, perhaps in Mexico as a drug tester

  25. sportingone says: Oct 14, 2011 1:29 PM

    Nice of Congress to make time to get right on this. Not like there are economic woes in this country or two wars going on. What are we paying you guys for?

    Keep your pinstriped noses outta my sports before you screw that up too….

  26. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    This spells the end of Derrick Mason. Pathetic soul. 6 rings. Jealous?

  27. grownmanmeat says: Oct 14, 2011 1:34 PM

    So Long SUH…….

  28. joetoronto says: Oct 14, 2011 1:41 PM

    Oh boy, here we go.

  29. rexismybff says: Oct 14, 2011 1:49 PM

    Got to wonder if the Pats will win another game this year.

  30. bordner says: Oct 14, 2011 1:51 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Oct 14, 2011 1:02 PM

    Watch some of the second level line players fail, not the super stars. They are the NFL’s bread and butter, they will not inflict pain on themselves. Just wait and see.
    ————————————————
    I agree – I think we’ll see some backups, maybe some special teamers here and there… but very few superstars. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a kicker or a punter or two.

  31. crubenst says: Oct 14, 2011 1:51 PM

    I predict Tim Tebow will become the greatest player in the history of the game. He’s too clean to use Hgh so he must be naturally gifted. Once everyone else gets smaller and slows down he’ll be head and shoulders above the rest. jk.

  32. descendency says: Oct 14, 2011 1:56 PM

    Now the Steelers really won’t be able to cover the Patriots TEs.

  33. grogansheroes says: Oct 14, 2011 1:56 PM

    Why do you think the league waited six weeks before testing? To let the players get it out of their systems. Watch scoring go down.

  34. scudbot says: Oct 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    “Sounds like the packers fans are worried. They Should be. If the league tested last year they would not have made the playoffs.”

    If you actually watched football you’d know that the Pack started the year 3-3, lost 3 more and was lucky to get into the playoffs despite playing at a really high level by the time the playoffs rolled around.

    All good things happen for other teams because of PEDs, right? No one is capable of playing above and beyond without them, right? Except for your team, of course.

  35. tombradyswig says: Oct 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    Clay will be sick next week and unavailable!

  36. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 14, 2011 1:59 PM

    “Hello CFL? Its Pittsburgh…..we’re going to need a few replacement players….forty or so….”

  37. bmorelikeme says: Oct 14, 2011 2:00 PM

    Next week gives no one time to get clean…we might get alot of surprises pretty soon.

  38. dafixisin says: Oct 14, 2011 2:04 PM

    The older they are (punters and kickers not included), the harder they’re gonna fall.

    SeaBass…. ehhhh, he might be Eastern European enough to use something he doesn’t need in the 1st place.

  39. scudbot says: Oct 14, 2011 2:05 PM

    So Clay Matthews is underperforming because he’s no longer using but he has to run to Mexico because he is using. It’s like a henhouse in here.

  40. cowboyhater says: Oct 14, 2011 2:05 PM

    As big of a Redskins fan I am, I’m very worried about Dirty30 (Laron Landry).

  41. skins716 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:07 PM

    now if only congress would be so quick to help the economy as fast as this HGH testing they just passed!

  42. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:08 PM

    – Cushing.
    — James Harrison.
    — Clay Matthews.
    — Peyton Hillis.
    — Jason Babin.

  43. westclaims says: Oct 14, 2011 2:09 PM

    A lot of mention on Clay Matthews, and I agree. One person mentioned Ray Lewis, and I DEFINITELY agree there.

  44. panther17 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:11 PM

    This is going to be fun. I can feel it.

  45. twesty85 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:11 PM

    @ packerrube13

    it’s pretty obvious that jared allen doesn’t take HGH if you just look at his body. however, looking at clay matthews or ape face as i like to call him, he is definitely a suspect when it comes to HGH. why is he not having as good of a season as last year? is it maybe because he found out they will start testing this year and stopped taking it? bet you if they could do a hair analysis he would test positive for HGH no question. maybe he wont test positive now but his play is going to do nothing but decline til he’s the same caliber play as his brother with the eagles. i should also point out that i am not a fan of any team in the nfc in fact my team isn’t even in contention but it’s pretty obvious ape face’s place has declined the the HGH testing announcement this summer.

  46. wtfru2 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:12 PM

    I can’t believe any of you suspect Clay Mathews. With his upstanding boy next door look and his mild demeanor, why would you even bother testing him?

    signed… Packer Reporters…..

  47. micronin127 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:18 PM

    I bet there are players on every team, maybe 5% of players… or 2-3 per team. Of those, I bet only a few of them are the marquee names that folks are throwing around here.

    If anything, testing will completely exonerate the vast majority of football players.

  48. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 14, 2011 2:18 PM

    6 rings is definitely about to meet 7 now. No one can beat us.

  49. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 14, 2011 2:36 PM

    can’t wait!

  50. kibawib says: Oct 14, 2011 2:58 PM

    Through five games, Clay Matthews is ranked 84th among all NFL players with 1.0 sack for the season.

  51. gb4mn0 says: Oct 14, 2011 2:59 PM

    All the small minded, jealous fans of the MN lavender larries so quick to point fingers at the Clay Maker demonstrate their level of intellectual dishonesty by conveniently forgetting the Williams’s fight to cover up their illegal drug use. Perhaps the same claim can be made that back in ’09’ the queens wouldn’t have won the Norse division had there been HGH testing. Oh well, what do expect from a fan base where most of their parents are siblings.

  52. andrewfbrowne says: Oct 14, 2011 3:00 PM

    I honestly wonder if the NFLPA didn’t drag its feet in part to let guys filter all the HGH out of their systems that they were using illegally.

    It is like a company stonewalling investigators at the front door while they are shredding documents in the back.

  53. scudbot says: Oct 14, 2011 3:00 PM

    “clay matthews or ape face as i like to call him, he is definitely a suspect when it comes to HGH.” Man, you ought to offer your services to the NFL. They wouldn’t even have to test.

    Have any clue how ignorant you sound?

  54. contra74 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 14, 2011 2:59 PM
    All the small minded, jealous fans of the MN lavender larries so quick to point fingers at the Clay Maker demonstrate their level of intellectual dishonesty by conveniently forgetting the Williams’s fight to cover up their illegal drug use. Perhaps the same claim can be made that back in ’09′ the queens wouldn’t have won the Norse division had there been HGH testing. Oh well, what do expect from a fan base where most of their parents are siblings.
    ———-
    Steroids vs weight loss. thats what you are basing your argument off of?

  55. twesty85 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:13 PM

    not really….. maybe it’s you who is ignorant most packers fans are

  56. twesty85 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:21 PM

    clay matthews is the poster boy for HGH. o wait i’m sorry, he WAS until they announced that there will be testing and the NFLPA prolonged the institution of the test so he and other players would have a chance to save face.

  57. theripster30 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:26 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Oct 14, 2011 1:34 PM
    This spells the end of Derrick Mason. Pathetic soul. 6 rings. Jealous?

    ———–

    I have to say, this guy amuses me. I’m sure he hasn’t lived a charmed life. This individual has made the decision to base his life commenting on every article on this website. He talks up the steelers through anger and the word he likes to use, jealousy. That SB loss must have provided many sleepless nights, since the steelers success is all he really has. If you want my vote, keep it up! You’ve helped so many realize that life could always be worse. 31-25.. 6.

  58. fartography says: Oct 14, 2011 3:33 PM

    This oughtta delay TO’s comeback a few weeks

  59. scudbot says: Oct 14, 2011 3:41 PM

    kibawib, “…84th among all NFL players with 1.0 sack for the season” but is still being disruptive as hell despite being doubled and tripled up.

    Weeks 7 & 10. Should be a blast.

  60. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 14, 2011 3:42 PM

    We know the Jets won’t be impacted.

    I wonder what happened to Clay’s “high motor” this season?

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 14, 2011 3:56 PM

    I like Clay and I like watching the Pack. I’m a Giants fan. I still say Matthews is using. Not “hating” Green Bay at all. Take off the rose colored glasses. SHEESH.

  62. comeonnowguys says: Oct 14, 2011 4:00 PM

    Packer fans sound eerily similar to another fan base. The only difference is this base is in eastern Missouri, and they cheer for a baseball team.

    Before the admission:
    “You’re just jealous.”
    “There’s just no way.”
    “He’s just genetically predisposed to be that big.”

    Only question is, after Matthews admits to it, are you go going to be as shameless as Cardinal fans and instantly say, “Oh, what a hell of a man to have the courage to admit to it,” as they did for McGwire?

  63. nillionrock says: Oct 14, 2011 4:03 PM

    groundpounder95 says:
    Oct 14, 2011 1:17 PM
    Clay Matthews weighed a buck 85 in high school then somehow packs on 45 to 50 pounds of muscle…..veins popping out of calfs and foreheads is not natural.

    Signed,

    not a fan of vikings or pack. Just an observer of the obvious.

    —————————————–

    If you’re in shape, veins popping out is very natural. Sounds like something you may not be familiar with though.

  64. premiumpit says: Oct 14, 2011 4:08 PM

    All im gonna say is finally…NFL players are the biggest juice heads ever…I remember when the frig was a freak…Now his size is the normal…What a joke….Test these guys with Olympic testing

  65. kibawib says: Oct 14, 2011 4:13 PM

    scudbot says:Oct 14, 2011 3:41 PM

    kibawib, “…84th among all NFL players with 1.0 sack for the season” but is still being disruptive as hell despite being doubled and tripled up.

    Weeks 7 & 10. Should be a blast.

    ———————————————————-
    No doubt about that. Even against the Vikings’ mediocre takles, Matthews will be luck to double his sack total. Which would give him two sacks for the season. J-u-i-c-e-r.

  66. kibawib says: Oct 14, 2011 4:17 PM

    gb4mno–“Perhaps the same claim can be made that back in ’09′ the queens wouldn’t have won the Norse division had there been HGH testing. Oh well, what do expect from a fan base where most of their parents are siblings.”–There’s a huge difference but you can’t see that because you’ve been staring at your A-Rodge Fathead too long. The Williams took a weight loss product that wasn’t banned by the NFL. Matthews has seen his production plummet to 1.0 sack through 5 games after Congress started pushing for HGH testing. The only people who don’t see the connection call themselves Packer fans.

  67. kibawib says: Oct 14, 2011 4:21 PM

    As a junior at Agoura High, Matthews was 6-1 and weighed about 165 pounds. By 2008, USC listed Matthews at 246. That’s 81 pounds of weight (muscle) on Matthews since a junior in high school (over 6 years), which is probably not unheard of for college linemen; for a linebacker to retain or increase speed while packing on 80 pounds, that’s fantastic.

  68. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 4:55 PM

    I understand the issues with steroids but have heard HGH doesn’t have negative heath effects and is only used to help speed healing. What’s the real story on HGH and are these tests reliable?

  69. paulharghis says: Oct 14, 2011 5:29 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Oct 14, 2011 2:59 PM
    All the small minded, jealous fans of the MN lavender larries so quick to point fingers at the Clay Maker demonstrate their level of intellectual dishonesty by conveniently forgetting the Williams’s fight to cover up their illegal drug use. Perhaps the same claim can be made that back in ’09′ the queens wouldn’t have won the Norse division had there been HGH testing. Oh well, what do expect from a fan base where most of their parents are siblings.

    —————————–
    How funny- this guy thinks anyone that thinks Clay is using is a Viking fan- why are you obsessed with the Vikings.

    Sir, it’s as plain as the vagina in your pants to every other fanvase that he is. Only you inane homers think otherwise.

    To the fans of every other NFL team.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Packer fandom.
    Worst fanbase in pro sports-hands down.
    Inane
    Hypocritical
    Loudmouth
    Know nothing.

    Isn’t it sickening?

  70. paulharghis says: Oct 14, 2011 5:36 PM

    scudbot says:
    Oct 14, 2011 3:41 PM
    kibawib, “…84th among all NFL players with 1.0 sack for the season” but is still being disruptive as hell despite being doubled and tripled up.

    Weeks 7 & 10. Should be a blast.

    ===============================
    Disruptive as hell?!?!? WTF?

    Nah he wasn’t accounted for last year after his fast start……UFFFF!!!!!!

    You just cannot admit anything, can you?

    By the way junior, the Bears have a worse OL than the Vikes do.
    Yet old Clay managed 3 tackles and 0 sacks against them.

    It’s readily apparent to everyone but you cheesers that something is rotten.

    As stated before You don’t gain 80 – 100 pounds of muscle without aid of PED’s

    Karma is coming for you Packer fans- and boy is she pissed off. I cannot wait.

  71. groundpounder95 says: Oct 14, 2011 9:02 PM

    So what if this happened during the old school chargers squad? Would they have a team. Clearly, a lot of players are using them or else there wouldn’t be such a fight not to test. Red Flags here and I’m not talking about play review ones. What about coaches? Some of those D Line coaches looked jacked and they’re years out of the game. Refs too….

  72. Deb says: Oct 14, 2011 10:12 PM

    I’d love to know why it’s okay for some commenters to post about teams taking PEDs but it’s not okay for others to post about other teams taking them. So basically, NBC lets its, a-hem, “moderators” censor comments based on their personal fan affiliations. Well, heck, that’s good to know. And so professional, too. :roll:

  73. jgeenen343 says: Oct 15, 2011 11:03 AM

    I definitely think clay was using something. I am from wisconsin and a huge pack fan but I’ve always suspected something. Hes been pretty much non effective this year. Whether thats because of the attention he gets or the fact he stopped taking hgh im not sure

  74. djsammmyskillz says: Oct 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    Jesus wore his Tim Tebow jersey today.

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