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Goodell wants to end use of head in tackling, says agreement close on HGH testing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the No. 1 issue in the game is taking the head out of tackles.

Goodell said players are using their heads more than in the past, something he said may be because better helmets and face masks lead them to take more risks with their heads.

In his state of the NFL address Friday before Sunday's Super Bowl, Goodell said progress has been made in the last couple of years in eliminating helmet-to-helmet hits, but that players need to get back to using shoulders and arms properly in tackles.

In his words, there is a strike zone in football and coaches and players need to recognize it.
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes there will be an agreement soon with the players' union for testing for human growth hormone.

At his annual state of the NFL news conference Friday, Goodell said he expects an agreement for the tests to be reached in time for the start of the 2013 season.

Goodell noted that the league and union agreed to the testing two years ago in the collective bargaining agreement. He said it is important to have testing to retain the integrity and the brand of the league.

Goodell also said he is not going to give up his authority to discipline players for various offenses, something he said has served the league well over the years.


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