Ryan Clady

NFL begins HGH testing program

NFL begins HGH testing program

The players are the lifeblood of the NFL — and at last the NFL can check the blood of the players.

The league began its human-growth-hormone testing program Monday. Each week, five randomly selected players on eight randomly selected teams will have their blood tested for HGH as part of the standard weekly collection process for the performance-enhancing-drug program. The testing pool consists of players on the active roster, practice squad and reserve list who are not already subject to reasonable-cause testing.

The league will conduct a combined 950 tests during the regular season and postseason, and approximately 385 during the off-season. By comparison, Major...