Congress Urges Testing; NFLPA Welcomes Hearing

The NFL Players Association received a request from Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce urging for a hearing on testing for human growth hormone in the NFL.

“Players’ health and safety and the integrity of the game go hand in hand,” DeMaurice Smith, NFL Players Association Executive Director, said in a statement. “I applaud the Members in their request for a hearing and look forward to fully discussing all of these issues as soon as possible. We are sending letters to the teams immediately in order to assist Congress in its fact finding mission.”

The NFLPA will send letters to all teams pursuant to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, as it did in 2010. These letters will request information concerning NFL players’ workplace injuries and the steps taken to address those injuries.

OSHA “assures safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance,” according to its website.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, Smith told, “We view all of this as ways to protect players and our game. We look forward to the hearing.”

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