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HGH Testing Remains Unresolved Issue For NFL, NFLPA
Published September 26, 2011
PLAYER CONDUCT: SI’s Peter King said there is “some concern about the relationship” between Smith and “some of his players.” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio said at the end of the lockout, the NFL and NFLPA “had to decide what to do with players who were arrested during the lockout,” and Goodell and Smith “agreed that the first-time offenders who were arrested during the lockout would not be disciplined in any way by the league. Eight repeat offenders, however, they agreed, would potentially be disciplined.” One of those eight players was Bengals RB Cedric Benson, who “has been suspended three games. He's taking legal action against the NFLPA. Now the NFLPA is backing off a little bit and who knows how it’s all going to turn out, but some players not happy.” King added, “I hear that the Executive Board of the players’ association -- 10 players -- want to have a conference call this week to hear from De Smith” (“FNIA,” NBC, 9/25).
PLAYING HIS PART: Colts C Jeff Saturday sat down with NBC’s Bob Costas during “Football Night In America” yesterday to discuss his role in the labor talks this offseason. Costas noted Saturday, a member of the NFLPA Exec Committee, “was heavily involved in the negotiations during the lockout.” Costas said to Saturday, “You were an important part of the negotiations this summer between the players and the owners. (Cowboys Owner) Jerry Jones told me this week, without Jeff Saturday [there would be] no deal in time to start the season on time.” Saturday: “I'm very appreciative of all those guys. They've been really kind in the words they've used, and I took that very serious. ... It was important to me, it was important to the other men that we represented, and I felt like Jerry Jones, (Panthers Owner) Jerry Richardson and (Patriots Owner) Robert Kraft, all those men showed up prepared to make concessions. Everybody was forthright with what they wanted and felt like they had to have and whenever you have negotiations like that you can get it done” (“FNIA,” NBC, 9/25).