League increases steroid testing

The NFL is tripling the number of offseason steroid tests each player can face, part of several changes to the league's drug policy that officials will tell members of Congress about today.

Players now will be subject to a maximum of six random drug tests during each offseason, up from two, NFL spokesman Joe Browne said.

The league and union also had recently agreed to add new substances to the list of banned performance enhancers, to put in writing previously agreed-to policies to test for designer steroids, and to lower the testosterone ratio threshold.

  • PACKERS: Running back Ahman Green was arrested after a domestic violence incident.

    The Brown County (Wis.) sheriff's department said deputies went to his residence after a 911 call ended with a hang-up. The Pro Bowl player was arrested at about 10:10 p.m. Monday after officers believed a domestic violence incident happened.

    Green was taken to jail, but he posted bond and was released.

  • EAGLES: Tackle Tra Thomas won't practice during this weekend's minicamp because of a blood clot in his leg. He will undergo treatment, and it is unclear when he will return.

  • TITANS: Left tackle Brad Hopkins pleaded guilty in Franklin, Tenn., to assaulting his wife.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hopkins was sentenced to a year of probation and must attend anger management counseling.

  • RATINGS: ESPN's telecast of the NFL draft Saturday got a 4.3 rating, the highest ever for the draft. The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned to a particular program.
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