HGH testing won’t be implemented by Week One

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The NFL and the NFLPA agreed on July 25 that the new CBA will include annual and random testing for HGH.  Given an inability to agree on how the testing will occur, the program won’t be launched before the start of the season.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the league has informed the owners that HGH testing won’t be implemented to start the regular season.

“Although the CBA reflects a commitment to implement [HGH] testing by the start of the 2011 regular season, it is apparent that we will be unable to do so because of the Union’s continued refusal to accept the validity of the tests developed by the World Anti-Doping Agency that are used in Olympic sports and minor league baseball,” NFL general counsel Jeff Pash wrote in a memo obtained by Maske.

The NFLPA continues to express reservations regarding the testing procedures to be used by the World Anti-Doping Agency, possibly taking a page from their CBA playbook by claiming that more information is needed.  Either way, the players agreed to HGH testing, and now they must in good faith agree to a specific testing method.  If the players don’t like the World Anti-Doping Agency’s proposed protocol, then the NFLPA needs to offer up an alternative.

Until then, the message to players continues to be:  “Inject ’em if you got ’em.”

20 responses to “HGH testing won’t be implemented by Week One

  1. As bad as it is to say… If they’re doping right now I don’t want them to stop b/c then the game would change and not be as exciting i.e. baseball.

  2. Matthews will be caught (finally) and suspended a week after the HGH testing begins. And jrmbadger, the concern about Clay’s drug use aren’t unfounded. You don’t gain 80+ pounds and get faster (as Matthews did) without a little help from science. He played with Cushing, remember?

  3. EA Sports plans massive reductions of player ratings for speed, strength, and durability once the testing becomes fact. “Up to 40% in some cases” according to a spokesperson for the gaming giant.

  4. “And jrmbadger, the concern about Clay’s drug use aren’t unfounded. You don’t gain 80+ pounds and get faster (as Matthews did) without a little help from science. He played with Cushing, remember?”

    So because he played with Cushing, he must be on steroids. By that logic, Troy Aikman must have stabbed a man in the neck with scissors because he played with Michael Irvin.

    I’m not naive enough to think that Clay has never used anything illegal, but going from a 165 lb high school junior to 245 over 6 years is attainable without steroids and HGH (for which there is inconclusive evidence that it even adds muscle) is not that hard to conceive – if you’ve ever lifted weights.

    For starters, we know he has good genetics which can play a role in how quickly a person can add muscle. From your teens until your mid-20s are your best muscle-building years so he’s got that going for him. Kids can still be growing in their late teen years. Now if he adds over the counter supplements like creatine in addition to a protein regimen and changes in his diet, he can pack on the pounds. Add to that, he would have access to great trainers and facilities because of his family, his college, and his professional team, and the thought of adding 13 lbs of muscle per year isn’t that far-fetched.

    Always remember, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and if all you have is “well, he played with Cushing,” then you have nothing to back up your claim. Every player on every team plays with and going back to high school, has always played with guys who were juicing.

  5. Ok, so we keep reading about the same issue on this topic, other than now week 1 might not be HGH free. We know that the NFL wants to follow the World Anti Doping, and the NFLPA doesn’t agree. Then PFT suggests that the NFLPA should propose an alternative. And apparently we don’t know if they have; or if they have, what it is that they propose.

    How about doing some fine investigative reporting. Call Schefter or Silver or Cole or your boy Peter King, and get the skinny instead of beating the bushes.

  6. “kibawib says:
    Sep 2, 2011 2:59 PM
    Matthews will be caught (finally) and suspended a week after the HGH testing begins. And jrmbadger, the concern about Clay’s drug use aren’t unfounded. You don’t gain 80+ pounds and get faster (as Matthews did) without a little help from science. He played with Cushing, remember?”

    76lbs over around 6 years isn’t that suspicious to me (but I’m not the doctor that you apparently are) – thats about 12.6lbs/year or just over a pound a month.

    He weighed 166lbs as a Junior in highschool and then weighed 240 as a red-shirt senior at USC. (6 years apart) Especially given Matthews family history (his uncle Bruce and grandfather), the fact that by all acounts he is apparently a workout warrior (Maualuga noted that Matthews was in the weight room 3-4 times more than anybody else at USC) and he himself noted that his growth spurt started late tells me that Matthews likely has nothing to worry about with HGH testing.

    According to what I’ve dug up, a full grown adult male can gain 10 pounds per year JUST from bodybuilding – that doesn’t count whatever you would have gained without even working out (just from normal growth). From 17 – 22 years old he may have grown 30 – 40 pounds total from this normal growth. Add in the 10 pounds per year for body building and its entirely possible to add 80 pounds in 6 years.

    Then again, lets not let anything like “logic,” or “proof” get in the way of your slanderous accusations right? I mean, if Matthews isn’t on roids then it would ruin your whole schadenfreude wouldn’t it? (hint – pleasure derived from other’s failures).

  7. Jrmbadger–I can’t prove Matthews is a juicer because the league is not allowed to test for the type of PED that explains his 80-pound weight gain and absurd increase in speed–that’s the point of the PFT article! Until testing occurs we’ll never know who is in fact juicing. But if you think a 165-pound high school student can morph in to a 255-pound linebacker who runs a 4.60 (or faster) 40-yard dash–without a little help from science–you’re just plain naive. But go on believing Clay is legit. And yours is the only real conclusion, right? After all, MOST high school students can drop several tenths of ansecond off their 40 time and add 75+ pounds of muscle by simply hitting weights. Happens all the time…not.

  8. kibawib says:
    Sep 2, 2011 5:12 PM

    On the face of it, your assertions are certainly appealing. Gains 80lbs in college. Associated with Cushing.

    When you look into it, your arguments fall apart.


    His uncle Bruce is 6′ 5″ and weighed 305lb
    His father Clay is 6′ 2″ 245lb
    His grandfather was 6’3″ 219lb
    Clay III is 6′ 3″ 255lb

    I don’t think its unreasonable at all for him to weigh what he does given his family lineage.

    Second: You failed to mention that he REDSHIRTED his freshman year – and his 165 weight was as a JUNIOR in highschool. So, he put on 76lbs in SIX YEARS.

    You STILL haven’t shown any evidence that gaining 76lbs over 6 years is not feasible through weightlifting and proper diet alone.

    To the contrary, the research I’ve done suggests such a weight gain – done in the prime of his growing years (prior to age 25 which is when testosterone reduces) – while weightlifting and exposed to a world class facility and world class personal trainers (at USC) is entirely possible.

    Finally: the guilt by association thing is ridiculous and you know it.

    As someone else has stated, you’re only evidence is unfounded assertations and rumors.

    As to your “evidence” of increasing his speed by “tenths of a second” – I am unimpressed. Normal weightlifting and speed training exercises do this all the time as well as maturing physically (read: growth spurt).

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