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NFL, union agree to HGH study

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The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association still haven’t come to an agreement on all the details of a program for testing players for human growth hormone. But they have now agreed on a study that will be conducted before testing begins.

The union has suggested that football players, being bigger than most people, may also have naturally higher levels of HGH and that therefore the threshold for what constitutes a positive test for HGH may need to be higher than previously believed. NFL attorney Jeff Pash said Friday that an independent lab will conduct a population study that may help both sides come to an agreement about that.

We have agreed, whether we think it’s necessary or not, to do a population study, and we’ve identified some people who can do that study who are clearly independent of the NFL and NFLPA and have no ax to grind one way or another,” Pash said, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “If we can put the mechanism for that study in place, we can get to the point where we can have HGH testing.”

The players and the owners agreed when they signed off on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that players will be tested for HGH, but they still haven’t agreed, more than eight months later, on all the details of that testing. Pash said he’s cautiously optimistic that the population study will be a step toward implementing blood testing for HGH in time for the 2012 season.

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  1. qmizzle says: Apr 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    Good stuff.

  2. 2ndaryinsanity says: Apr 21, 2012 2:18 PM

    I guess the NFL should have been more specific before both sides signed the agreement…for example: “within 6 months, we will begin HGH testing.” The way things currently stand, it looks like the player’s association plans on dragging things out as long as possible. It makes a mockery of testing if NFL players are used as a baseline of “normal numbers.” It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out this isn’t a good idea. If alot of players are currently using HGH, the numbers will be elevated…therefore allowing players to continue cheating.

  3. lov2smile says: Apr 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    I can’t believe how stubbornly stupid the players union is. If they don’t come up with a reasonable solution fast, then congress is salivating to infringe on the private sector. We all know how successful the government is at governing anything.

    Wake up union!!! Then again maybe that’s exactly what the union wants…to muddy the waters, then nothing will get done and the cheating will be worse than ever.

  4. t16rich says: Apr 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Baseball manned up. Football still kind of looks the other way. Steroid users.

  5. txxxchief says: Apr 21, 2012 3:15 PM

    Another delaying tactic by the NFLPA. The normal ranges for HGH levels for those of varying age has been established for a long time. When the new study is complete, the union will find something about the results to contest and further delay testing.

  6. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 21, 2012 4:04 PM

    t16rich says:
    Apr 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Baseball manned up. Football still kind of looks the other way. Steroid users.
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    Yeah baseball manned up once Congress got involved.

    Also, I believe Bud Selig wrote the book on “looking the other way.”

  7. steviemo says: Apr 21, 2012 4:28 PM

    This is all such a crock of bull. The league’s offensive linemen (who weigh 60 pounds per player more than they did in the 80’s) all use HGH and want to use HGH (to hell with the health risk), their coaches want them to use HGH, their owners want them to use HGH, and the league doesn’t want to have it come out that they all have been using HGH. It’s all a bunch of dancing around to appease “Congress,” and everyone’s goal is to allow those players to keep using HGH forever and ever, amen.

    It’s so obvious, it is ridiculous. We all know what’s going on, guys. Stop pretending otherwise.

  8. lolb23 says: Apr 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    You don’t need to do a study on HGH. Here’s all you need to know about it: it’s the stuff on Earth. Snapple tries to say they are, but that’s bs. It’s really HGH.

  9. lolb23 says: Apr 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    You don’t need to do a study on HGH. Here’s all you need to know about it: it’s the best stuff on Earth. Snapple tries to say they are, but that’s bs. It’s really HGH.

  10. garyman1 says: Apr 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    Another word for study in this case is “Stalling”.

  11. beeronthefridge says: Apr 21, 2012 5:58 PM

    The NFL is trying to sell an image that their players are “clean.”

    If the NFL was clean from HGH and steroids, linemen’s weight would be 75-100 pounds lighter than they are now.

  12. macdaddyspeed says: Apr 21, 2012 6:46 PM

    Make no mistake; BOTH sides want to delay testing as long as possible.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Apr 21, 2012 8:01 PM

    2ndaryinsanity says:Apr 21, 2012 2:18 PM

    It makes a mockery of testing if NFL players are used as a baseline of “normal numbers.” It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out this isn’t a good idea. If alot of players are currently using HGH, the numbers will be elevated…therefore allowing players to continue cheating.
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    I would expect the NFL to know this. There are plenty of large specimens in the general population that are not professional athletes. I trust that fair parameters will eventually be established just in time for the transgressors’ blood and tissue to be clear of HGH.

  14. dewalt2990 says: Apr 21, 2012 8:05 PM

    Can they study marijuana too? Maybe then congress will listen..

  15. mjkelly77 says: Apr 21, 2012 8:11 PM

    I would imagine that a great many of today’s NFL players are HGH and steroids usres. The average weight of the Pittsburg Steelers offensive line in the early 1970’s was 255 lbs. Only 255 lbs! They wouldn’t be able to move the defensive lines of most big universities of today. It can’t all be better nutrition and weight training.

  16. detroitcityryda says: Apr 21, 2012 8:17 PM

    Expect clay Matthews ,Brian urlacher,to be suspended .all the bears and fudge packer lbs they always had juice heads .

  17. tommccrossin says: Apr 21, 2012 11:56 PM

    I think it’s fair to say the guys that are playing in the NFL have higher levels of HGH than all us regular folk

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