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Pats’ Rodney Harrison Suspended for HGH Use
By Steven L. Taylor

Via WaPo: R. Harrison Suspended After Admitting HGH Use

The NFL suspended New England Patriots veteran safety Rodney Harrison for four games after he admitted to league officials that he used human growth hormone, two sources familiar with the case said tonight.

People familiar with the league’s drug-testing program said they believed that Harrison is the first NFL player to be suspended for the use of growth hormone. It is on the league’s list of banned substances but players are not tested for it because there is no urine test for it that NFL officials deem reliable and players’ union leaders say they won’t allow players to be subjected to blood tests.

But Harrison acknowledged his use to federal investigators probing a distribution ring for performance-enhancing drugs and to NFL officials, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the suspension had not been announced by the league. Harrison met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today, the sources said.

Very interesting, especially given the fact that Tim Couch admitted this week that he used HGH for a week under a doctor’s direction to aid in recovery over an injury: Report: Ex-QB Couch says he briefly used HGH - NFL

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  2. […] We all know Harrison was suspended for the first 4 games of the 2007 season, but now we know that Harrison was taking HGH during the 2004 playoffs, during which the Patriots won the Super Bowl.  He wanted it clear that he didn’t take steroids though — ok Rodney, the HGH is a suitable banned substance then, sure!  […]

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