(MANKATO, Minn.) — When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a speedy recovery from a torn ACL, there were whispers he used HGH to help heal faster. Peterson denied any HGH use, but says players in the NFL indeed use it.
Peterson tore his ACL towards the end of the 2011 season, but still went on to run for 2,097 yards and won the NFL MVP Award. Even though he’s aware of the speculation, he is denying any use of banned substances. But he does say it is being used around the NFL.
“You’ve got HGH, something that doesn’t show up on a test, and you’ve got guys out there trying to provide for their families,” Peterson said. “They’re going to try to get that edge, get that advantage, especially if they’re not worried about trying to get caught. Yeah, it’s being used.”
Reports have surfaced that the NFL is getting closer to mandating testing for HGH. Peterson would like to see that happen so he can clear his name.
There is no word on when HGH testing would become a reality in the NFL jsut yet.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN