Pres­i­dent says HGH more of a prob­lem in base­ball

The Covington News - - Sports -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS— The use of hu­man growth hor­mone is more of a prob­lem in base­ball than in foot­ball, the pres­i­dent of the NFL Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion in­sists.

The NFL and other leagues don’t cur­rently test for HGH. For­mer de­fen­sive back Troy Vin­cent said the ques­tion of how soon a re­li­able test would be avail­able was a topic of dis­cus­sion at a meet­ing in­volv­ing com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell, NFLPA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gene Up­shaw and more than a dozen play­ers.

New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots safety Rod­ney Har­ri­son was sus­pended for the first four games of this past sea­son af­ter he ad­mit­ted us­ing “a banned sub­stance,” re­port­edly HGH, for the pur­pose of “ac­cel­er­at­ing the heal­ing process.” But Vin­cent doesn’t be­lieve that many other play­ers in a vi­o­lent game also are seek­ing to speed up their re­cu­per­a­tion with banned sub­stances. He sug­gested that recre­ational drugs are the greater chal­lenge fac­ing the NFL.

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