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Tests on game day for some drugs

NEW YORK — The NFL is adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances — but not recreational drugs — this season under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Game-day tests weren't conducted in the past because of logistical issues more than philosophical issues, league vice president of law and labor policy Adolpho Birch said Tuesday. The league has developed a way to test that "is not overly disruptive to the clubs and that respects the game-day process," he said.

Birch would not say if talks have started between the league and players union about details that need to be worked out before the league can introduce random, year-round blood testing for human growth hormone.

Generally, players will be subject to six random offseason tests and an unlimited number of in-season tests.

bengals: Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton will start the preseason opener Friday against the Lions. Dalton was drafted in the second round from TCU after Carson Palmer told the team he wouldn't be back.

cardinals: After five practices, quarterback Kevin Kolb will start the preseason opener against the Raiders on Thursday. Kolb, obtained in a trade with the Eagles, couldn't practice until Thursday.

jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio ruled No. 1 quarterback David Garrard out of Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots. Garrard tweaked his back at practice Thursday and hasn't done any field work since. Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in April's draft out of Missouri, will start. Gabbert, former Buc Luke McCown and Todd Bouman are expected to share snaps.

jets: Receiver Plaxico Burress was held out of team drills as he recovers from an ankle injury.

panthers: Receiver Steven Smith cut his left middle finger during a passing drill and got stitches. He said he would miss seven to 10 days.

patriots: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who has been absent from practice lately, is day to day with an injury, coach Bill Belichick said. Belichick didn't say what the injury is.

ravens: Running back Ricky Williams passed his physical and practiced for the first time.

ex-dolphin crowder retires: Linebacker Channing Crowder said he's retiring, less than two weeks after the Dolphins cut him. Crowder, 27, played six seasons, all with Miami. The former Gator said he can still play but decided he had dealt with injuries long enough.

jurisprudence: A Chiefs fan arrested at a 2009 game vs. the host Chargers after making an obscene gesture at the crowd was subject to the NFL code of conduct but did not commit a crime, a San Diego judge ruled. Jason Ensign's attorney, Mary Frances Prevost, said Superior Court Judge Gale Kaneshiro granted her request that charges against her client be dismissed. Ensign was charged with misdemeanor battery for punching and biting a security guard after guards grabbed him and forced him into a Qualcomm Stadium tunnel. Kaneshiro said the guards used unlawful force.

Tests on game day for some drugs 08/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:01am]
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