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Source: NFL, NFLPA very close on a new drug testing program

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Maybe John McCain knew something when he wrote his letter urging the NFL and the NFLPA to come to an agreement on hGH testing.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the league and the union currently are “very close” to striking a comprehensive agreement on drug testing, which will include hGH testing.

The lack of an agreement on blood testing for hGH had delayed the implementation of other terms on which the two sides agreed, including the potential shift of substances like amphetamines from the PED policy to the substance-abuse policy.

The hGH testing agreement is expected to grant an independent arbitrator the authority to resolve appeals of positive tests.  The last major sticking point related to the question of whether the Commissioner or an independent arbitrator will handle the appeals of discipline imposed for violations unrelated to a positive test.

An agreement doesn’t mean hGH testing will start any time soon.  First, a population study must be conducted to determine the naturally-occurred hGH levels in professional football players.

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40 Responses to “Source: NFL, NFLPA very close on a new drug testing program”
  1. skoobyfl says: Sep 3, 2014 8:13 PM

    7 years ago is calling, it’s saying it’s closer than ever.

  2. hrmlss says: Sep 3, 2014 8:15 PM

    Adrian Peterson is NOT happy to hear this, and he’ll kill 3 of my fantasy teams when he goes.

  3. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 3, 2014 8:16 PM

    90% of the league will be banned.

  4. chrisdavidgarcia says: Sep 3, 2014 8:17 PM

    Thats fast. McCain gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 3, 2014 8:23 PM

    TRANSLATION: NFL players are doping with a different undetectable peptide hormone

  6. bonnovi says: Sep 3, 2014 8:28 PM

    About time. But I’m not getting my hopes up that it will get down.

  7. kamthechancellor says: Sep 3, 2014 8:29 PM

    Players need time to find the next PED that isn’t tested for.

  8. Eli Pacheco says: Sep 3, 2014 8:31 PM

    Maybe the could put all the doping players in one division.

  9. bubbybrisket says: Sep 3, 2014 8:31 PM

    Rumor has it Cutler has been taking HGH.

  10. seasterisks says: Sep 3, 2014 8:37 PM

    This is AKA the new Seattle Asterisks Rule.

  11. ayyyjayyy says: Sep 3, 2014 8:40 PM

    kamthechancellor says:
    Sep 3, 2014 8:29 PM
    Players need time to find the next PED that isn’t tested for.

    ————————

    Did Sherman tell you this?

  12. grabgrabgrab says: Sep 3, 2014 8:44 PM

    bubbybrisket says: Sep 3, 2014 8:31 PM

    Rumor has it Cutler has been taking HGH.
    ************************************

    Ummm. You’re probably thinking of the wrong Jay Cutler.

  13. beattention says: Sep 3, 2014 8:44 PM

    Let the athletes play stoned it may improved an otherwise boring game at the present time as the commish uses penalties to improve the game.

  14. igornathanhiggers says: Sep 3, 2014 8:57 PM

    Clearly another rule created to destroy the pending Seahawk dynasty…

  15. kd75 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:02 PM

    Science will always be a step or two ahead of testing.

  16. sdnative1904 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:06 PM

    HGH is so 2007.

  17. obsessedvikingfan says: Sep 3, 2014 9:09 PM

    Eddy Lacy is NOT happy to hear this, and he’ll kill 3 of my fantasy teams when he goes.

  18. corky2141 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    Since they have to get a populous study on the players done first to set a baseline all the players in the league better start taking HGH to have a higher limit

  19. ghost26 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:23 PM

    And what do the players get out of it? Unless there are substantial changes to the current drug testing policies I say don’t do it.

  20. fanasaurus says: Sep 3, 2014 9:32 PM

    I’ll believe it when we see it. If it does happen say goodbye to the extremely fast ACL recoveries and other such injuries. Also say goodbye to the elder states men (Manning, Brady, Ect.) as their “dietary” solution to longevity will no longer be enough to maintain their high level of performance and recovery through the long NFL season.

  21. canetic says: Sep 3, 2014 9:35 PM

    Something tells me Demaurice will put the players in an even worse position with this agreement.

  22. jkcreighton says: Sep 3, 2014 9:43 PM

    Remember this is the same John McCain who, 6 months ago, thought it would be a great idea to send weapons to ISIS because they were a moderate influence in Syria. Maybe John should mind his own business.

  23. hyzers says: Sep 3, 2014 9:51 PM

    Stop testing for cannabis already.

  24. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Sep 3, 2014 9:56 PM

    I wonder what they will do when they find that NFL players have 50 times the blood levels of HGH compared to those in the population at large.

  25. pats3rings says: Sep 3, 2014 10:03 PM

    Test for HGH, test for steroids, test for any performance enhancing substance. Just please stop suspending players for recreational drug use!!!

  26. huckleberry1110 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:23 PM

    I hope they raise the Marijuana level to a reasonable level.

  27. schrutebeetfarms says: Sep 3, 2014 10:34 PM

    wow already? about time they follow baseball’s lead already

  28. scw1993 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:37 PM

    Megahead’s boy gets suspended and big shocker, another rule immediately in the forefront to be changed.

  29. myhawks1976 says: Sep 3, 2014 10:44 PM

    14 NFL players are beginning the year suspended for 4 games for PEDs. Exactly ZERO of those are from the Seahawks.

    But don’t let recycled jokes or overplayed lines get in the way of your trolling!

  30. FlashPatterson says: Sep 3, 2014 10:45 PM

    Legalize weed and watch half the league act like they won the Super Bowl.

  31. bigchree says: Sep 3, 2014 11:08 PM

    How about allowing these players to medicate with marijuana rather than painkillers?

  32. maestro1899 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:17 PM

    Since players’ approval of HGH testing coincided with a change in the league’s marijuana and substance abuse policy, we all want to know…

    How does this affect Josh Gordon?

    Since the league was willing to go to 50 ng for MJ testing if the players would agree to HGH testing (players were fine with that, but they didn’t want Goodell being judge, jury, executioner, appeal chief), how about re-thinking some of the NFL’s draconian punishment, like, say, to Josh Gordon.

    DO THE RIGHT THING ROGER!!!!

    #FREEJOSHGORDON

  33. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 3, 2014 11:29 PM

    This is the end of the Seahawks defense. Oh and Drew Brees wants a explanation!

  34. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 3, 2014 11:55 PM

    How much longer until Pete Carroll bails out on his job then Seattle gets busted?

  35. cartire says: Sep 3, 2014 11:56 PM

    Expect every single player to be using HGH the next 2 seasons. So the baseline is raised insanely high.

    Seriously, watch.

    The only people that will pop after this (probably 3 year study after arbitration of results,) are people that go crazy stupid with the stuff.

  36. isphet71 says: Sep 4, 2014 12:06 AM

    After a couple of big waves of PED bans, will the current NFL era be the football equivalent of MLB’s steroid era?

    MLB stuck their head in the sand about drugs due to record profits, and an entire decade of players are considered dirty (with a few exceptions). Same thing could easily happen to the NFL, which sure didn’t learn anything from MLB’s crash and burn.

  37. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 4, 2014 12:34 AM

    Damn if they only ran the Kentucky Derby in the Winter…

  38. overweightman says: Sep 4, 2014 12:45 AM

    Sneaky Pete will just put his players on a weekly dialysis schedule. ALWAYS COMpete

  39. ceehawkfan says: Sep 4, 2014 3:06 AM

    Oh great another test that NFL players “won’t have full knowledge of”

  40. clevelandrocksyourface says: Sep 4, 2014 9:18 AM

    FREE JOSH GORDON!

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