National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The NFL on Monday will begin testing players for human growth hormone (HGH), according to NFL.com.
The league and the NFLPA announced Sept. 19 that the two sides agreed to a new drug policy that includes HGH testing for the first time.
NFL.com obtained a letter written by NFLPA president Eric Winston to players.
"As you know, the new Performance Enhancing Substances Policy includes HGH testing," the letter read. "Testing for hGH will begin on Monday, October 6th. Each week of the season, 5 players on 8 teams will be tested. No testing will occur on game days. We negotiated to ensure that the methodology of testing be conducted in the most professional and safest manner for players. Importantly, after three years of negotiating, players won the right to challenge any aspect of the science behind the hGH isoforms test in an appeal of a positive test."
The letter also stated that any substance abuse or performance enhancing drug policy violations, including HGH, will be handled by an independent arbitrator.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars activated wide receiver Ace Sanders and right tackle Austin Pasztor to the 53-man roster Saturday.
Sanders finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He took a leave of absence in July to get help.
Sanders is expected to play a prominent role in Jacksonville's pass offense with wide receivers Marqise Lee and Cecil Shorts III out for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continued...