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NFLPA signs off on HGH population study

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The NFL and NFLPA ostensibly agreed to HGH testing more than two years ago, and they’re still talking about how to implement it.

But the players union has put a stamp on the protocol for a population study of players, which could begin before the start of the regular season, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports.

The varied reports of progress before the start of camp were typical of the process, which has gone back and forth as the two sides argued over the particulars of the testing. The league didn’t comment on the report.

The agreement the union has submitted to the league includes language that would prevent blood taken for the population study to be subject to future tests which could lead to punishment. Many wonder if that creates a “smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em” atmosphere, in which players load up now, to skew the baseline levels to a point where it’s harder to test positive in the future.

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16 Responses to “NFLPA signs off on HGH population study”
  1. jda129 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:40 PM

    Beefcake! BEEFCAKE!

    -Eric Cartman

  2. eagleswin says: Aug 12, 2013 1:43 PM

    Many wonder if that creates a “smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em” atmosphere, in which players load up now, to skew the baseline levels to a point where it’s harder to test positive in the future.

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    There’s no “IF’S” about it. There’s ZERO downside for loading up on a banned substance and substantial upside.

    It’s like the cops checking the drunks at the bar for blood acohol content to get a baseline so that when the drunks get stopped for drunk driving they can claim they aren’t drunk because their BAC is naturally that high.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 12, 2013 1:51 PM

    Peterson is so mad.

  4. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 12, 2013 2:01 PM

    It will be interesting to see how AD’s “natural” levels stack up against the rest of the league…

  5. All-American Voltron says: Aug 12, 2013 2:05 PM

    If they start testing for GH then Aaron Rodgers will have to revert to his 2005-2007 toothpick frame which got him injured walking on and off the field!

  6. maddog111 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:14 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 12, 2013 2:01 PM
    It will be interesting to see how AD’s “natural” levels stack up against the rest of the league…
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    Coming from a fan of a team whose best defensive player is Clay Matthew Jr.

  7. 80sbroncofan says: Aug 12, 2013 2:26 PM

    All of a sudden RG3 is worried.

  8. Dean Keaton says: Aug 12, 2013 2:28 PM

    Disappointing that there’s not already a marketing/public push to encourage clean players that are disgusted with others getting an unfair edge to participate in this.

    A lot of baseball players are voicing their opinions in this regard, but this is a true chance for those clean players to tangibly help set the baseline correctly instead of having an inflated one.

  9. dekubetus says: Aug 12, 2013 2:29 PM

    Loading up won’t work unless all players load up the exact same amount. Those who load up won’t be included in the study – those are known as aberrant results, or outliers.

  10. vdogg says: Aug 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    The dumb part of it all is that the people in charge still think the public believes they are doing EVERYTHING they can to clean it up….we ALL know its going on and the fact they still want to act like no one is smart enough to realize is pretty insulting.

  11. taintedlombardis says: Aug 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    The obsession some of you losers have with certain players is cute. You bring them up in entries that have nothing to do with them.

  12. beerbratscheese says: Aug 12, 2013 3:17 PM

    maddog111 says: Aug 12, 2013 2:14 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 12, 2013 2:01 PM
    It will be interesting to see how AD’s “natural” levels stack up against the rest of the league…
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    Coming from a fan of a team whose best defensive player is Clay Matthew Jr.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    FYI Clay Matthews Jr last played for the Atlanta Falcons 1n 1996.

  13. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 12, 2013 4:13 PM

    jealous cause adrian is not on your team, I knew that his name was going to be in here in the beginning. He says he does not do hgh and I believe him call me naive I dont care, I will stand by him he is a stand up guy on and off the field.

  14. nananatman says: Aug 12, 2013 4:36 PM

    Probably they’re checking to see if the cheating methodology is working. Been trying to figure it out for two years.

  15. thibbledorfpwent says: Aug 12, 2013 6:07 PM

    So what if a player makes the league, but is naturally under what the baseline level is set at? Does he then get a free pass to juice up until he gets there? Or over it? What a ridiculous system

  16. soxpatsbscelts says: Aug 12, 2013 9:28 PM

    Let em take what they want.

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