The League

THE QUESTION

Are PEDs worth the gamble?

Is the NFL doing enough to deter its players from using banned substances or is the standard 4-6 game suspension insignificant enough that too many players are willing to take the gamble?

Posted by Matt Brooks on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Is the NFL doing enough to curb PED use?

Is the NFL doing enough to curb the use of banned substances through its drug testing and suspension policy?

Posted by Reader Poll, on May 28, 2010 10:47 AM

Level the playing field

The NFL could and should do more to enforce its banned substance policy, starting with making first-time offenders sit out a full season without pay.

Posted by Leonard Shapiro, on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Disorganized deterrent

With the NFL's current haphazard drug policy it appears the league will only take action against a player who test positive for a banned substance if it absolutely must. There's got to be a better way.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Time to reel in HGH

The NFL's drug testing system, for the most part, is effective in discouraging its players from using performance enhancing drugs, but it may be time for the league to regulate human growth hormone use as well.

Posted by Dr. Mark Adickes, on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

Straightforward and sufficient

The NFL's performance enhancing drug policy is a sufficient enough deterrent and those who seek to beat the system are outliers, not the norm.

Posted by Tim McHale, on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

All about perspective

Like the tragic results that often result from legal drug use, the NFL's banned substance testing and suspension policy does enough to curb the use of performance enhancing drugs in the league.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on May 28, 2010 12:00 AM

NFL players face unhealthy system when it comes to treating injuries

While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering whether to suspend players for seeking cures from the syringe-wielding physician Anthony Galea, he should ask why so many of them distrust their team physicians and seek alternative ways to heal. Medical care in the league is not a simple issue. Anyone who says otherwise should read up on O.J. McDuffie's case.

Posted by Sally Jenkins, on May 22, 2010 10:56 AM

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