NFL Notes: Is HGH use up? One player thinks so

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NFL Notes: Is HGH use up? One player thinks so
May 1, 2013, 8:15 pm
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After assembling a coaching staff, making moves in free agency and a smart draft, Chip Kelly is proving he has a plan that he thinks will work for the Eagles (see story).

Also, the Eagles issued a statement clarifying comments made by undrafted rookie Russell Shepard, who said in a radio interview the Eagles signed him during the draft (see story).

Now, here's a look at some news and notes from around the NFL:

IS HGH use up? One player thinks so
The NFL and NFLPA both agreed that human growth hormone (HGH) testing was needed when their labor dispute ended in 2011. Two years later, however, the issue has still yet to be addressed.

In fact, one NFC starter thinks HGH use is going up. An anonymous player told Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he believes 10-15 players on each NFL team use the banned substance.  

"It's like clockwork nowadays," the player said. "Not tested and it's easy to get. Nowadays, dude? In 2013? (Expletive) yeah. I'm just being real."

As pointed out by Greg Rosenthal of NFL News, there is still no mechanism in place to test players.

So what does the anonymous player think of HGH use?

"I say, just let guys do it," he said. "This is our career. We're putting on for fans. I say ... HGH isn't anything. I say, do it. ... You're going to get hit hard regardless whether you're clean or not clean. It's just a matter of how hard you get hit. I don't care who's taking it. A hit is a hit."

Ex-Eagle Harris formally retires with Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Cornerback Al Harris has chosen to formally retire from the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.

The team announced the decision on Wednesday.

Harris played seven seasons for the Packers after coming from Philadelphia in a trade in 2003. He started all 102 games he played in and had 14 interceptions during his time with Green Bay, including Pro Bowl selections in 2007 and 2008.

Harris set the Packers record for passes defensed in a single season with 28 in 2004. The team has tracked that statistic since 1982.

Harris played five years for the Eagles. After leaving Green Bay, he spent one season with the Miami Dolphins and one with the St. Louis Rams. He did not play in 2012 (see full story).

-- The Associated Press

Cheifs trade Arenas to Cardinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have traded cornerback Javier Arenas to the Arizona Cardinals for fullback Anthony Sherman.

A second-round draft pick from Alabama in 2010, Arenas played 47 games in three seasons with the Chiefs, including 12 starts. He had two interceptions and returned kicks for the Chiefs, averaging 21 yards on kickoffs.

Arena started a career-high nine games in 2012, with 59 tackles and a forced fumble. He was third in the NFL in punt returns with a 12.8-yard average in 2011.

A fifth-round pick in 2011, Sherman was primarily a blocking back, catching 13 passes for 111 yards and rushing for three yards in two seasons with Arizona.

First-year Cardinals coach Bruce Arians brought in a new offensive system that rarely uses the fullback spot (see full story).

--The Associated Press

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