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League tweaks paper on HGH facts

NEW YORK — The league's new drug-testing program will include tests for human growth hormone at least once a year and maybe much more frequently, the league said in response to a New York Times report.

The paper had reported that the league would test exactly once a year, which drew a stream of Twitter posts from league spokesman Greg Aiello, who denied the report about the frequency and criticized the paper.

One post from Aiello on Friday said the report was "an embarrassment to the NY Times." The paper ran an updated story on its website Saturday.

League officials also said that some plan details remain under negotiation with the NFL Players Association. Starting this year there will be tests on game days.

Newton wows Panthers fans, coach

Cam Newton put on a show for more than 15,000 Panthers fans who braved threatening weather to get a glimpse of the rookie quarterback at the team's fan fest at Bank of America Stadium.

The No. 1 overall pick looked comfortable in his new stadium, making short work of a two-minute drill by throwing two long touchdowns. It capped an impressive first week for Newton, who led Auburn to a national title and won the Heisman Trophy last year.

Earlier in camp, coach Ron Rivera was asked his impressions of Newton and responded, "Wow!"

Fans seemed to have the same reaction Saturday, giving Newton a hero's welcome.

CARDINALS: Safety Adrian Wilson hurt his bicep and right elbow in practice and the team fears he might have torn a muscle, the Arizona Republic reported.

DOLPHINS: Former Seahawks offensive tackle Ray Willis signed after missing last season with a knee injury.

EAGLES: With the team steadfast on not renegotiating his contract and the date that he would lose a year toward free agency set in stone, wide receiver DeSean Jackson decided to end his holdout, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He will report to training camp at Lehigh University by Monday, the paper said.

49ERS: Former Bills safety Donte Whitner signed and participated in his first practice. His three-year deal is reportedly worth $11.75 million with $4 million guaranteed.

GIANTS: First-round draft pick Prince Amukamara, on the field just one day after signing, is out indefinitely with a fractured bone in his left foot. The cornerback from Nebraska fractured the fifth metatarsal. Also, veteran defensive end Dave Tollefson re-signed.

JAGUARS: Quarterback David Garrard, who has had previous back issues, is out of practice indefinitely with a sore back.

JETS: Veteran receiver Derrick Mason announced he's signing with the team, reuniting with coach Rex Ryan. The Titans and his former team, the Ravens, also pursued Mason, 37, who knows Ryan from their days together with the Ravens when the coach was the defensive coordinator.

PACKERS: Weather cut short the team's family night, with practice lasting less than 20 minutes before 43,048 at Lambeau Field.

RAIDERS: Restricted free agent running back Michael Bush re-signed a one-year tender worth about $2.6 million.

RAMS: Offensive lineman Adam Goldberg, the team's player representative during the lockout, returned to practice a day after agreeing to a contract.

REDSKINS: Tight end Chris Cooley (knee) missed practice but said it was precautionary. Also, former Steelers linebacker Keyaron Fox signed, ESPN's 980-AM radio in D.C. reported.

ELI MANNING GESTURE: The PeeWee Football League in Smithville, Miss., a town heavily damaged in an April 27 tornado, will play with cleats donated by Giants and former Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning. The school and recreational facilities in Smithville are badly damaged.

League tweaks paper on HGH facts 08/07/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2011 1:15am]

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