Carolina Panthers linebacker Chase Blackburn, the team’s union representative, said the Panthers were among the eight teams randomly selected for the first wave of HGH testing that began last week. Blackburn said five players had blood drawn at mid-week, with no issues reported in the process.
Some players around the league were concerned about having blood taken during a game week.
“They said it was no big deal,” Blackburn said. “I think in general the players are happy about having HGH testing. The field’s going to be level. Not saying there were any players that were doing it. But now we know for a fact. It’s a huge step forward for us as a union and as the players in general.”