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The NFL needs HGH testing sooner rather than later

The debate over HGH testing is nothing new. Both the NFL and NFLPA claim that testing is needed, yet there remains no testing procedure in the NFL.

An anonymous NFC player, described as a "starter," told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that ten to fifteen players use HGH on every team.

"It's like clockwork nowadays," the player told Dunne. "Not tested and it's easy to get. Nowadays, dude? In 2013? (Expletive) yeah. I'm just being real."

The NFL did have a response to the estimate of ten to fifteen players using HGH on each team.

"It's a guess," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Around the League. "No one knows the extent of use because the union has blocked our agreement to test for HGH for two years and counting."

The NFL and the NFLPA will continue to quarrel back and forth about the terms of testing for HGH, and it's a real shame that the two bodies can't come to an agreement. The NFLPA may be trying to protect its members, but the NFL has the moral high ground in this case. If the goal is to ensure the integrity of the game is preserved, whatever that means, the NFLPA has to let the NFL test for HGH use. However, we all know that the NFL is a money driven league, and as long as HGH testing could hurt players' bank accounts, the NFLPA won't let up.

Shane Clemons

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.

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