- The Washington Times - Friday, September 8, 2006

Redskins right tackle Jon Jansen yesterday didn’t recant statements on HBO from Wednesday night that “maybe 15, 20 percent” of NFL players use performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone (HGH), which isn’t detectable under the league’s testing program.

Jansen, however, did clarify that he meant “only a small percentage” of players are using HGH.

“Whenever there is something out there that people believe will help them, we would be naive and foolish to think that, if it can’t be tested for, guys aren’t going to try it,” he said. “Right now, there is not a test for human growth hormone, and when they develop one, I would hope the NFL would add that to their anti-drug policy.”

Added Redskins coach Joe Gibbs: “I would say right now that anybody that would take anything in the NFL runs a high risk because with the current tests that are going on, they’re continuing to upgrade things. It doesn’t make any sense, and you run a risk of ruining your career. One of the things we do in this league is test, and it’s great. It’s random, which it should be.”

Jansen said in 2004, when he was out with an Achilles tendon injury, he was approached by somebody outside the Redskins organization about trying HGH. He declined.

“It wasn’t something that was necessary for me,” he said. “I was on injured reserve — I wasn’t coming back any faster. It wasn’t a chance I wanted to take.”

Jansen added that if he knew of a Redskins player taking HGH, he would confront them.

“There would be a lot of guys telling them, ‘This is not something you need to do,’ ” he said.

— Ryan O’Halloran



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