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NFLPA tells players to give blood for HGH testing

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While the stop-and-start nature of the league’s negotiation with the NFLPA on the agreed-upon need for HGH testing has created skepticism about when it will ever be implemented, there seems to be genuine movement this time.

After this morning’s report that progress was being made on the issue, some concrete steps are being put into place to make it a reality.

“We are in active discussions with the NFLPA regarding the implementation of HGH testing for NFL players,” the league said in a statement provided to PFT.  “Those discussions are focused on a full resolution of any remaining issues, including the role of a population study.”

That population study will come in the form of blood tests that players are soon to be asked to provide.

According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the union sent an email to its players this month telling them they’d be asked to give blood samples during pre-training camp physicals.

Those results will form the basis of the population study, and what a “normal” level of HGH would be.

“The blood sample from each player will immediately be sent to the laboratory for analysis only for the purpose of the HGH population study; no other use will be made of any blood sample,” the union email read. “After the laboratory has processed all player blood samples, the scientists will perform the calculations and analysis necessary to determine the proper decision limit for NFL players.”

The union has contended that players might have a higher natural level of HGH than the rest of us. And basing any potential punishments on a “normal” level found by the population study allows for the number to be skewed by those using now.

Again, all the signs at the moment are positive.

But after so many false starts, it’s reasonable to wonder when the two sides will ever get close enough on this issue that it will ever have teeth.

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  1. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 22, 2013 11:54 AM

    somewhere RhGh3 just cringed.

  2. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:00 PM

    If the point is to establish a baseline for what constitutes “normal” shouldn’t a mass text be sent out by De Smith that says “EVERYBODY get on HGH asap!” ?

  3. ezcheese says: Jul 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    So what the NFLPA is really saying is, ‘juice up big time now so the standard is raised’.

  4. eatitfanboy says: Jul 22, 2013 12:01 PM

    And around the country, PED labs have begun frantically working on a drug that lowers or masks HGH levels in the body.

  5. ravensfan19 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:03 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO – Adrian Peterson

  6. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2013 12:06 PM

    If they want to establish a baseline, if a player is already using HGH, wouldn’t the baseline already be tainted for that player?

  7. z06vision says: Jul 22, 2013 12:07 PM

    They can’t get rid of Human Growth Hormones, who would be able to play in the nfl and where would all the players at 6’6′ 300 lbs running the 40 in 4-6 go?

  8. gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 12:08 PM

    This is stupid. Men are allowed to get a prescription from a doctor to take hgh for no reason other than to feel younger. Performance is not being directly enhanced by this drug; only in the sense that you can play at a higher level when you are better recovering from injuries. I have no problem with this, and I don’t see why anyone else should. The amount of players using hgh in the nfl is probably astronomical. The stigma that it is cheating should be dropped, because most people simply do not understand its effects.

  9. turner1019 says: Jul 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    If its been said that a high percentage of players are on GH this method would just create a baseline reading of players already on GH with elevated levels.

    So “Normal” is just a number based on guys already Geeked out.

    If anything, doing it this way just will encourage it, sets a standard of where you can be with elevated hormone levels and not get pinched.

    So gear up boys, and keep enjoying those 4-6 month recovery times for injuries that used to take years to come back from or end careers entirely.

  10. twonis says: Jul 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    In related news, the state of Colorado is redefining their BAC limit levels. They have asked the Broncos coaching staff to let them after how many drinks are they “still totally good to drive. Don’t even worry about it.”

  11. eagleswin says: Jul 22, 2013 12:12 PM

    So the guys who are already on HGH will have their current elevated levels recorded as their “normal” levels? The premise behind this study is that all players are %100 clean at the time of the study. There’s no way to prove that.

    This should be a self fulfilling study. It will find that players do have elevated levels which will allow the players to take as much HGH as they want.

    Drug users all over the country should be arguing for population studies.

    “Yes officer my normal blood acohol content is this high naturally. I have not been drinking tonight. There was a population study at Joe’s Bar and we all had elevated BAC”.

  12. nygrwy says: Jul 22, 2013 12:16 PM

    Its impossible to accurately test for HGH. The half life of the drug in the bodies blood stream is like an hour or two.

  13. ninetysixer says: Jul 22, 2013 12:18 PM

    uh oh……

  14. nygrwy says: Jul 22, 2013 12:20 PM

    gochargersgo

    The amount being used in Anti-Aging clinics vs the NFL is night and day. 1-2ius is for overall health and well being anything above that would be viewed as performance enhancing. Body builders run 12ius a day in order to grow to freakish sizes.

    I would bet an NFL players is running 4-6 ius a day during the season. Which would not give them strength gains but will def help with recovery and stamina.

  15. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    Poor RGknee, RGPED, Robert griffith the Turd, RGIQ3, now what?

  16. officialgame says: Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

    If true some teams might have a problem fielding a team this season.

  17. annapterp says: Jul 22, 2013 12:40 PM

    I really don’t get the issue with HGH. Why make it illegal for a guy who is injured to take HGH and get healthy quicker and get back on the field and earn his money? Where’s the problem?

  18. monsterscream says: Jul 22, 2013 12:48 PM

    (Scooby Doo voice): UH OH!

  19. gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    I’m sure nfl players are allowed to take prescription pain medication with proper documentation. I don’t see why the same is not be case for compounds such as HGH. “Side effects” argumemt doesn’t make sense when considering the well understood effects of pain medication on the liver.

  20. dvizinat says: Jul 22, 2013 12:51 PM

    Meanwhile, no one wants to correlate any psych-behavioral-dementia disorders later in life with all of the harmone fluctuating agents that these guys are putting into their bodies for years. A person can’t take these harmones for years without causing cancer and/or other problems.

  21. zoxitic says: Jul 22, 2013 12:52 PM

    Pretty soon the nfl is not going to be able to field teams for the first 4 games

  22. whatjusthapped says: Jul 22, 2013 12:55 PM

    If this policy goes into effect prior to the season opener, I hereby revise my Viking Win total from 8 to about 4. Peterson benefited more than most other players from this lax policy last season.

  23. gochargersgo says: Jul 22, 2013 1:00 PM

    Bodybuilders take HGH in addition to absurd levels of testosterone. HGH has not been proven to increase muscle mass or atletic performance in any dosage. People are under the impression that the effects of hgh and anabolic/androgen if steroids are the same, which is not the case.

  24. mashoaf says: Jul 22, 2013 1:05 PM

    Ask the MLB how secret their population study stayed… You’ll be finding out names of elevated HGH levels in 4 to 5 years!

  25. jimmyt says: Jul 22, 2013 1:11 PM

    For all you meatheads that think of HGH as a miracle drug that athletes should be able to use. HGH can only be prescribed legally to persons 35 years and older to treat some debilitating diseases to enhance quality of life. Any other use is illegal and extremely dangerous. Don’t take my word for it. You obviously have a computer and internet access. Heard of Google?

  26. superhotbug says: Jul 22, 2013 1:12 PM

    And there goes the rest of the New England Patriots

  27. radrntn says: Jul 22, 2013 1:25 PM

    well here goes 99.9% of all the players

  28. vanmorrissey says: Jul 22, 2013 1:51 PM

    As with any PED they take it because it works. If you have nothing to hide no reason to not get a blood test. And not that BS about right to privacy, its about an even playing field for all players not just those who are on it.

  29. purp1eone says: Jul 22, 2013 1:59 PM

    ray lewis retired just in time

  30. purp1eone says: Jul 22, 2013 2:00 PM

    goldilocks just puckered up, sorry clay

  31. droyer85 says: Jul 22, 2013 2:16 PM

    Who cares. HGH is not steroids. If you played a violent sport every Sunday with only 6 days to re-cooperate, you’d want HGH too. That’s all it does, assists in recovery. It doesn’t make you bigger, faster, stronger.

  32. datageek94 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:17 PM

    Maybe after this offseason’s thrills, they should run all the blood samples against CODIS after drawing it.

  33. 28for20 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:26 PM

    Clay Matthews just peed (PED) himself!

  34. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    the union sent an email to its players this month telling them they’d be asked to give blood samples during pre-training camp physicals.
    ___________________

    Players: Give blood ? Next thing they’ll be wanting us to take a taxi instead of driving drunk, not carry loaded guns with a round chambered and the safety of, or not act entitled in every conceivable way.

    Gettin’ tough to be a NFL player man. Sniff.

  35. nygrwy says: Jul 22, 2013 8:24 PM

    For all you meatheads that think of HGH as a miracle drug that athletes should be able to use. HGH can only be prescribed legally to persons 35 years and older to treat some debilitating diseases to enhance quality of life. Any other use is illegal and extremely dangerous. Don’t take my word for it. You obviously have a computer and internet access. Heard of Google?

    You might want to go try google out for yourself because you are wrong. HGH first use was for pituritary dwarfism. Not to make men over 35 feel young again…lol Which is hardly a medical reason.

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