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Congress joins NFL, union HGH impasse

Fine hit: Saints safety Roman Harper hits Panthers receiver Steve Smith late after Smith scores Sunday. Harper says he doesn’t regret the hit, which resulted in a $15,000 fine.

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Fine hit: Saints safety Roman Harper hits Panthers receiver Steve Smith late after Smith scores Sunday. Harper says he doesn’t regret the hit, which resulted in a $15,000 fine.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

Buffalo 4 1 0 .800 164 120

New England 4 1 0 .800 165 119

N.Y. Jets 2 3 0 .400 121 125

Miami 0 4 0 .000 69 104

South W L T Pct PF PA

Houston 3 2 0 .600 127 95

Tennessee 3 2 0 .600 105 94

Jacksonville 1 4 0 .200 59 115

Indianapolis 0 5 0 .000 87 136

North W L T Pct PF PA

Baltimore 3 1 0 .750 119 57

Cincinnati 3 2 0 .600 110 94

Pittsburgh 3 2 0 .600 102 89

Cleveland 2 2 0 .500 74 93

West W L T Pct PF PA

San Diego 4 1 0 .800 120 109

Oakland 3 2 0 .600 136 133

Kansas City 2 3 0 .400 77 150

Denver 1 4 0 .200 105 140

NATIONAL CONFERENCE

East W L T Pct PF PA

Washington 3 1 0 .750 83 63

N.Y. Giants 3 2 0 .600 127 123

Dallas 2 2 0 .500 99 101

Philadelphia 1 4 0 .200 125 132

South W L T Pct PF PA

New Orleans 4 1 0 .800 157 125

Tampa Bay 3 2 0 .600 87 125

Atlanta 2 3 0 .400 104 130

Carolina 1 4 0 .200 116 132

North W L T Pct PF PA

Green Bay 5 0 0 1.000 173 111

Detroit 5 0 0 1.000 159 89

Chicago 2 3 0 .400 107 122

Minnesota 1 4 0 .200 111 106

West W L T Pct PF PA

San Francisco 4 1 0 .800 142 78

Seattle 2 3 0 .400 94 122

Arizona 1 4 0 .200 96 121

St. Louis 0 4 0 .000 46 113

Sunday

St. Louis at Green Bay, 1

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1

Philadelphia at Washington, 1

San Francisco at Detroit, 1

Carolina at Atlanta, 1

Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1

Buffalo at N.Y. Giants, 1

Cleveland at Oakland, 4:05

Houston at Baltimore, 4:05

Dallas at New England, 4:15

New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 4:15

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:20

Open: Arizona, Denver, Kansas City, San Diego, Seattle, Tennessee

Monday

Miami at N.Y. Jets, 8:30

WASHINGTON — The NFL and the players union are set to meet with leaders of a House committee to discuss testing for human growth hormone, which has hit a snag despite an agreement in the latest collective bargaining agreement to begin testing players.

That agreement was contingent on the union agreeing to the testing methods, but it has asked for more scientific data to prove the test is reliable.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, and the top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, planned to attend today's meeting, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Ravens team rep Domonique Foxworth, and Travis Tygart, who heads the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

The union is seeking data from the athletes who were used to originally set thresholds as to what constitutes a positive test, so it can compare that data with a population study on football players. The union believes players could have naturally higher HGH levels than those of other athletes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has declined to produce more information, saying plenty of information is available publicly. And nearly two dozen scientists and lab directors from around the world signed a letter sent to the union and NFL stating the current test is safe, scientifically reliable and appropriate for use in pro sports leagues.

Romo sees Cowboys title: Quarterback Tony Romo, who has been taking heat for Dallas' meltdown against Detroit on Oct. 2, guaranteed that — some day — the Cowboys will win it all: "This team is going to win a Super Bowl at some point. It's going to be exciting when that time comes. And when we look back, we'll know who was on what side of the fence during those tough moments."

Saint fined: New Orleans safety Roman Harper was fined $15,000 for his late hit on Carolina's Steve Smith, and he said he was glad he did it. Harper shoved Smith to the ground as the receiver slowly crossed the goal line last week. When asked if the fine was worth it, Harper said, "Oh, yes, it was. I think the point was taken and everybody that needed to get the point got it." Smith said wasn't mocking anyone, just decelerating.

Jets' Ryan still confident: Despite three straight losses and rumblings about possible locker room disharmony, coach Rex Ryan remains confident the Jets can turn things around. "We haven't performed to our expectations, our fans' expectations and all that," he said. "We certainly understand that, but this season's not over. And people want to throw some dirt on us; well, we can affect how this season ends."

Hurt Brown to be paid: Defensive end Marcus Benard, recovering from a broken hand and other injuries after crashing his three-wheel motor­cycle after practice, was put on season-ending injured reserve and will be paid for the remainder of this season. The Browns will pay him the roughly $370,000 he is due this season, even though they do not have to as the injuries are not related to football.

Raiders deal: The Raiders completed their trade to acquire linebacker Aaron Curry from the Seahawks, but it's unclear if the former first-round pick will play this weekend. Oakland sent its seventh-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2013 to Seattle, and Curry passed his physical.

Bears: Strong safety Chris Harris and free safety Brandon Meriweather likely won't start against the Vikings, with coach Lovie Smith saying the team is "looking at a lot of different options," including Chris Conte and Major Wright.

Broncos: Brandon Lloyd, who led the league in receiving yards last season, is on the trading block, the Denver Post reported.

Colts: Running back Joseph Addai (hamstring) said he's a "long shot" to play against Cincinnati, so Delone Carter and Donald Brown will likely get most of the carries.

Patriots: Defensive lineman Mike Wright went on injured reserve because of his second concussion in 10 months.

Steelers: Running back Rashard Mendenhall, who had missed one game with a hamstring injury, will start against the Jaguars.

Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin (sore ribs) did not practice, but coach Leslie Frazier said he expects the former Gator to play against the Bears.

Congress joins NFL, union HGH impasse 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 11:28pm]
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