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NFL wants HGH tests to start immediately

The NFL submitted a new proposal on testing for human growth hormone to the players union on April 24, according to an report.

The website reported that the proposal removed the prospect of game-day testing but called for testing to start immediately.

Under those conditions, samples would be taken and results would be stored until a baseline standard for testing is reached by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

According to, the union would prefer to delay taking samples until a baseline is established first.

The website said the NFLPA passed the details of the new proposal to player reps this week and is working on a counter proposal that may be submitted next week.

The NFL has not received feedback from the union yet, according to

DITKA AND DONE: Former tight end and coach Mike Ditka's No. 89 will be the last number the Bears retire.

Ditka, a Pro Bowl player in 1963 and coach of the Super Bowl XX winners, will be the 14th Chicago Bear to have his number retired, most of any NFL team.

"If there is going to be a last one, there is no more appropriate one than 89," owner George McCaskey said in a statement.

The decision means that the numbers of former greats such as Dan Hampton (No. 99), Richard Dent (No. 95), Mike Singletary (No. 50) and the recently retired Brian Urlacher (No. 54) will remain in circulation.

The retirement ceremony will take place during halftime of the Bears' Monday Night Football game Dec. 9 against the Cowboys.

NOT SO FAST: Dr. James Andrews, who rebuilt Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's knee before his MVP 2012 season and who has said Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is making "superhuman" recovery from reconstructive knee surgery, made it clear to Newsday that Peterson and Griffin are the exception, not the rule.

"The last thing I'd want people to be thinking is people are coming back quicker and quicker," Andrews said. "The few individuals that you know of who have come back quickly are what I call 'superhuman' athletes. … There are only a few of those superhuman athletes out there."

JETS: Running back Mike Goodson, arrested May 17 on weapons and drug charges, expects to return to practice Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported.

RAMS: Undrafted offensive lineman Terrell Brown of Mississippi State, a long shot to make the team, weighed in at 403 pounds, coach Jeff Fisher said. The heaviest to play in the NFL was Aaron Gibson, a tackle who played for the Lions, Cowboys and Bears (1999-2004) who once weighed 410.

NFL wants HGH tests to start immediately 05/25/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 25, 2013 9:06pm]
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