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NFLPA tells players to expect 40 HGH tests weekly

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The NFL hasn’t said anything about the latest wave of reports on how close HGH testing actually is, but the NFLPA is preparing its membership.

According to the Associated Press, the NFLPA sent a memo to its members saying they had “tentatively agreed” for a plan that would include 40 players per week taking blood tests for HGH each week during the season, and that a positive result would yield a four-game suspension.

The memo was sent to players Tuesday, and said the league and the union “will likely finalize soon” the in-season testing procedures.

Since this testing was agreed to more than two years ago and hasn’t been put into place yet, we’re waiting to get worked up about this plan until something is actually finalized.

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  1. commonsensedude says: Aug 13, 2013 5:04 PM

    And with this news, I predict Head Coach Pete Carroll will announce his retirement.

  2. tigershark49 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    Test the Steelers first. They suck when they dont cheat.

  3. whysomanylosers says: Aug 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    Start in New England, they cheat every chance they get.

  4. unbiasfan says: Aug 13, 2013 5:08 PM

    I won’t be surprised if Aaron Rodgers is suspended 4 games for getting busted with estrogen pills

  5. z06vision says: Aug 13, 2013 5:08 PM

    Watch how the players start shrinking in front of your eyes…….. This should of been done 30 years ago.

  6. elwayfanj says: Aug 13, 2013 5:10 PM

    Let them use it. It increases the quality of football on the field and extends a players career by allowing them to heal faster.

  7. tigershark49 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:10 PM

    What a joke the union is.

  8. sandblastermoron says: Aug 13, 2013 5:12 PM

    looks like Clay Matthews (Fabio) will not be passing!!!! Badda Bing!!!!

  9. hater79 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:12 PM

    An article not giving troll fuel to RG3 haters to scare up blog hits?

    What the hell guys write another one and make that money.

  10. spartan822 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:12 PM

    A 4 game suspension for using HGH doesn’t seem like enough. Should be at least 8 games for first time offenders and a whole season or more the next time.

  11. sevensgottago says: Aug 13, 2013 5:13 PM

    “NFLPA tells players to expect 40 HGH tests weekly”

    Each? I predict lots of collapsed veins!

  12. squared80 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:14 PM

    About time. Put AP first in line so he can prove to the world that he’s just a man amongst boys.

  13. granadafan says: Aug 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Well, the NFL has intentionally stalled enough to get their players used to no longer taking HGH and out of their systems *cough* Cushing *cough*.

  14. therealraider says: Aug 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Considering Human Growth Hormone naturally occurs in the human body.. Where is the line at between “natural” and “artificial” ? . I’m sure younger players who are still developing are the most likely to have “elevated levels”

  15. boyshole25 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Unbiasfan poor dudes a viqueen fan enjoy ponder!

  16. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Damn those niners are in trouble, their goes kaep, Davis, bowman, Willis. Yikes..

    Stupid seahawks got caught, the niners were smart to take hgh but now those glass houses will crumble. Haha

    Expect the niners to get screwed unless they volunteer some nobody who is obviously clean.

  17. siggtacular says: Aug 13, 2013 5:16 PM

    Test all of New England

  18. bucrightoff says: Aug 13, 2013 5:19 PM

    The NFL is about to see a spike in suspensions.

  19. therealraider says: Aug 13, 2013 5:20 PM

    granadafan says:
    Aug 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Well, the NFL has intentionally stalled enough to get their players used to no longer taking HGH and out of their systems *cough* Cushing *cough*.

    ———————————————————-

    Actually the delay has been due to the fact that there is no scientific consensus on what “normal” levels should be.

  20. hounds64 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:21 PM

    40 * 17 weeks = 680

    53 players * 32 teams = 1696

    Little over a 1/3 of a chance of getting tested in a year. That’s a pretty big deterrent, if done right and fairly.

  21. im4cincy says: Aug 13, 2013 5:22 PM

    I want my NFL players on whatever they want to take if they feel it helps them hit harder, break more tackles, make spectacular plays etc…

    This is the NFL and every player puts his body on the line every day they put pads on. If they deem it necessary to take HGH and approve it for their own use than I respect that.

    I can’t get enough of this gladiator sport.

  22. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 13, 2013 5:23 PM

    Less medicine = More injuries.

  23. Norseman says: Aug 13, 2013 5:23 PM

    Clay Matthews will end the year about 5′ 10″ 175lbs.

  24. nickynick04 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:25 PM

    No need to test the Vikings.
    Not one Super Bowl title.
    Ha ha ha ha ha …soo funny

  25. beavertonsteve says: Aug 13, 2013 5:25 PM

    My first glance at that headline had me wondering how in the world you could blood test a guy 40 times a week!

  26. beavertonsteve says: Aug 13, 2013 5:27 PM

    About time. Put AP first in line so he can prove to the world that he’s just a man amongst boys.

    _________________________

    Do you think they have blood drawn from him during his rehab months?

  27. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 13, 2013 5:31 PM

    Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing cower in fear.

  28. socatra says: Aug 13, 2013 5:32 PM

    Could this be the reason so many ACLs got blown this year, lack of HGH?

  29. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    40 suspensions a week coming.

  30. unionslie says: Aug 13, 2013 5:33 PM

    1.25 players tested weekly per team… bold move NFL, that’ll surely wipe out use of the drug.

  31. 15starr says: Aug 13, 2013 5:34 PM

    Insert Clay Matthews/AP/RG3 “o no!” disses here

  32. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:35 PM

    *Breaking News* This just in Pete Carroll has just announced his immediate departure from Seattle for the CFL leaving behind a gaggle of juicers who no longer can compete for a 7-9 NFC West Division win.

  33. crubenst says: Aug 13, 2013 5:36 PM

    Get ready for “I lost 30 lbs cause I wanted to be quicker and its a passing league now.”. Cough. Cough. Ray Lewis.

  34. kirksav says: Aug 13, 2013 5:40 PM

    ************This just in!!**************

    The first 4 games of the season will consist entirely of field goals and punts, because every other player has been suspended because of this new HGH rules.

    The 2014 NFL Player of the year is: Justin Tucker?

  35. unionslie says: Aug 13, 2013 5:40 PM

    I doubt “weekly” means year round, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they test during preseason and playoffs, I’ll even throw in the pro bowl week. So with 40 players weekly getting tested based on a 53 man roster means everyone will get tested every 1.63 years. And that is a very, VERY, generous assumption.

    It’s going to be business as usual for HGH users, and if you do get caught just pull a Richard Sherman.

  36. phinfan527 says: Aug 13, 2013 5:45 PM

    This is going to be a bloodbath!! Fingers will be pointed and seasons will be ruined!!

  37. salutethis says: Aug 13, 2013 5:46 PM

    ShouD Have Done ThiS Years Ago.. Amll Tho
    Se Miracle healings Would .Ever Have Happened… Antler Spray?

  38. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 13, 2013 5:53 PM

    6 rings

  39. Captain Chaos says: Aug 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    Well, at least now all of the people riding the bench are going to get chances to start. I mean, since players are going to get hurt with the same injuries they get now that take 5 times longer to heal.

  40. canadapackers says: Aug 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    “””””40 * 17 weeks = 680

    53 players * 32 teams = 1696

    Little over a 1/3 of a chance of getting tested in a year. That’s a pretty big deterrent, if done right and fairly””””””

    Wrong – not much of a deterrent – also if it is reportedly out of your system in 72 hours – there will still be gamblers.

    Do it like the Olympics – set a record get tested – Test the whole winning team in the playoffs -

  41. canadapackers says: Aug 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    “””””40 * 17 weeks = 680

    53 players * 32 teams = 1696

    Little over a 1/3 of a chance of getting tested in a year. That’s a pretty big deterrent, if done right and fairly””””””

    Wrong – not much of a deterrent – also if it is reportedly out of your system in 72 hours – there will still be gamblers.

    Do it like the Olympics – set a record get tested – Test the whole winning team in the playoffs -

  42. rainponcho87 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:10 PM

    where there is smoke there is fire. Start testing in Seattle. I think Pete Carroll is a great coach, just wish he had a better ethic about playing within the rules. We saw it at USC, now at Seattle, players testing positive, celebrating after bogus catch call. Hope he cleans that up.

  43. swaggyy says: Aug 13, 2013 6:10 PM

    Why are some of you bringing up Seattle? You do know there is other teams in the NFL that have nearly the same amount of PED suspensions right? Adderall and HGH are complete opposites anyway. Man that Richard Sherman is so yoked. He must only be good because he popped some adderall one time.

  44. swaggyy says: Aug 13, 2013 6:13 PM

    And Pete Carroll has nothing to do with the young guys doing these so called “PEDs”. The PEDs that are perfectly legal with a prescription. This union is whack doe

  45. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:24 PM

    Given the players were all warned to juice up like mad before the “hgh population test” I doubt they’ll end up catching very many people.

    They’re all going to show such a high “natural” level of hgh from the sham of a population test that most use will be concealed by that.

  46. kenstabler says: Aug 13, 2013 6:26 PM

    Why not just do a lottery random testing of teams. Two teams per week starting in the preseason until all teams are tested. By the time the playoffs come around, all the cheaters will be gone, and those that got caught cheating will keep getting tested, and suspended again if caught again. The playoffs will be drug free, for once.

    The test one player here, one there is such a joke policy. The NFL just does not want to lose to many star player to suspension, which means the NFL cares more about money than fair competition.

    Where is the competition committee when you need them?

  47. lambeauandlombardi says: Aug 13, 2013 6:31 PM

    I won’t be surprised if Aaron Rodgers is suspended 4 games for getting busted with estrogen pills

    ……………………………………………………………………………….

    Says the fan of a team with a QB who missed a playoff game because of an “arm bruise”?

  48. billhicks666 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:32 PM

    youarejealousof6rings says:

    “6 rings”

    Thanks to both HGH and steroids.

  49. mackcarrington says: Aug 13, 2013 6:35 PM

    Looks like each team will have one player tested per week with 8 teams getting 2 players tested.

  50. rainponcho87 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:46 PM

    seattle fans above:

    “Adderall and HGH are complete opposites anyway.”

    “And Pete Carroll has nothing to do with the young guys doing these so called “PEDs”. The PEDs that are perfectly legal with a prescription.”

    —————————————————-

    You guys do know that when you get busted for PEDs, they don’t say publicly what you got busted for. It is up to the player to say what the substance was. So a player can say it was “just” Adderall and it could be something entirely different. And you have to ask yourself, why are players on Pete Caroll teams often found breaking the rules?

  51. skinsallday says: Aug 13, 2013 7:23 PM

    You all keep confusing HGH for steroids. HGH doesn’t make you stronger, it makes you heal faster. You all keep naming all these bulky guys like it’s the reason they got big.

  52. terryobitts says: Aug 13, 2013 7:25 PM

    Test every player weekly!! that way theres not hoping to get picked! This might fix it

  53. granadafan says: Aug 13, 2013 7:29 PM

    “therealraider says: Aug 13, 2013 5:20 PM
    granadafan says:
    Aug 13, 2013 5:15 PM

    Well, the NFL has intentionally stalled enough to get their players used to no longer taking HGH and out of their systems *cough* Cushing *cough*.
    ———————————————————-
    Actually the delay has been due to the fact that there is no scientific consensus on what “normal” levels should be.”
    ========================================

    Thank you for the response @therealraider. However, you might be a bit misinformed about the lack of scientific info. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has long had established levels of normal HGH levels in athletes who compete at the highest levels in sport (cyclists, Olympic athletes, rugby, etc). The elevated levels seen in cheaters is vastly higher than normal levels of athletes, which is how they catch the cheaters. The NFLPA’s absurd position that studies haven’t been done on FOOTBALL players, who they claim have higher levels than regular Joes. They neglected to compare themselves to other world class athletes, which makes their position all the more absurd.

  54. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 13, 2013 7:36 PM

    Can we test Aaron Rodgers first, have him lie to us, test postitive then ask Ryan Braun about it?

  55. dwoofer says: Aug 13, 2013 7:37 PM

    52 tests is not enough to cover the entire Seahawks roster.

  56. radrntn says: Aug 13, 2013 7:38 PM

    16 week season – pick one game each week unannounced, inform players at half time that they will all be tested right after the game.

    Playoffs test the winning wild card game teams, and then if a different winner the following week test that team…..bottom line every player, and every team needs to get tested.

  57. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:44 PM

    skinsallday says:

    You all keep confusing HGH for steroids. HGH doesn’t make you stronger, it makes you heal faster. You all keep naming all these bulky guys like it’s the reason they got big.
    _____________________________

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    You wouldn’t want to bring actual facts into the hatefest would you?

  58. whysomanylosers says: Aug 13, 2013 8:07 PM

    skinsallday says:
    Aug 13, 2013 7:23 PM
    You all keep confusing HGH for steroids. HGH doesn’t make you stronger, it makes you heal faster. You all keep naming all these bulky guys like it’s the reason they got big.

    ___________________________________

    1. It does strenthen joints and ligaments
    2. It shortens recovery time (meaning you can work out more)
    3. HGH increases energy level and metabolism
    4. HGH is frequently used with steroids

    It is a PED, more so than other banned substances.

  59. vanmorrissey says: Aug 13, 2013 8:12 PM

    So 40 a week, big deal. 53 man rosters comes out to about 1 per team per week, some teams two if that’s what they go by. Does that include bye and playoff weeks? Still very low %, I’ll believe when they bust the first ones.

  60. 28for20 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    HGH does increase brain capacity which means that Packer fans must not be able to get the stuff from Aaron and Clay!

  61. cjvirnig says: Aug 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    4 games isn’t nearly enough. That’s barely a slap on the wrist. Both parties need to get together and give the punishment some teeth. They desperately need a graduated penalty system like MLB. 6 games for 1st offense, 12 games for a second offense, and a lifetime ban for a third offense. It’s the only way to make it work.

  62. peehergriphon says: Aug 13, 2013 8:30 PM

    Richard Sherman will be busy consulting with players on how to “pass” the test by breaking the cup.

  63. Ferdinand says: Aug 13, 2013 8:36 PM

    Hard to get caught still when they will only be testing 2% of the players each week. You’d actually have to work hard at getting caught.

    Randomly test 10 players on every team every week. Then we might begin to take you seriously. How to do it randomly? Simple. Every team has a bingo/lottery ball machine with one ball with each player’s number on it. Then turn the machine on and see whose number gets called.

  64. jwcarlson says: Aug 13, 2013 8:43 PM

    I swear to God, if this screws up my fantasy football team I am going to sue.

  65. nfl4days says: Aug 13, 2013 8:47 PM

    Whoever tried to connect HGH to ACLs I horribly misinformed. About HGH. As well as many of the he people here considering you people are mistaking steroids with HGH. HGH would actually be much safer to take and the main reason an athlete would take it is too heal faster, not bulk up.

  66. gbpakrfan says: Aug 13, 2013 8:49 PM

    I read that each week a computer will randomly choose 5 players/team from 8 teams…

  67. tindeaux says: Aug 13, 2013 8:53 PM

    man this sucks. some juicers ruined it for all the other players.

  68. Jimmy Jam says: Aug 13, 2013 8:57 PM

    The tests are based on “normal” averages of blood levels of hgh in an age group – artificial hgh cannot be distinguished from naturally produced hgh because manufacturers put no markers in it that would skew it detectable. So, the legal argument is that, if you exceed “the norm” you are positive and suspended. It’s just not sound. But, since Goodell can do whatever he wants with no basis, it’ll stick.

    Even if artificial hgh could be distinguished in testing, the less available (to the average person, not pro athlete) cadaver-derived hgh never will be distinguishable.

    Moreover, Products like Sermorelin (about 1/3 as effective as hgh because it stimulates the body’s own production – which works better the younger you are) will be open to abuse.

  69. Jimmy Jam says: Aug 13, 2013 8:58 PM

    Skew = make

    Danged auto correct

  70. fingergravy says: Aug 13, 2013 9:06 PM

    test Ed Hochuli!

  71. greatmiamisportsmind says: Aug 13, 2013 9:18 PM

    Players will still undoubtedly get caught.

    Rookies are told they are tested at the combine and idiots like Percy Harvin still smoke it up.

  72. wolfmanpatriot says: Aug 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    squared80 says:
    Aug 13, 2013 5:14 PM
    About time. Put AP first in line so he can prove to the world that he’s just a man amongst boys.

    ____________________\

    So, if the other players are boys, what does that make you? A birth defected embreo?

  73. jayniner says: Aug 13, 2013 9:56 PM

    What’s the over/under on suspensions per week….20?

  74. patsfan13 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:11 AM

    How long after using is HGH still testable?

  75. deltaoracle says: Aug 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    Clay Matthews has rare NFL bloodlines, and his teammates at USC say he was in the weightroom twice as much as anyone else… But yeah, just has to be some kind of juice.

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