Bell rips NFL for HGH test
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Le’Veon Bell is throwing a flag on the NFL’s drug testing policy.
The New York Jets running back says Wednesday is upset he has been randomly selected five times this season by the league to take tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
“I done had 5 ‘random’ HGH blood test in 10 weeks,” Bell tweeted. “(at)NFL I’m not doing another after today, whatever y’all lookin for it obviously ain’t there.”
Bell doubled down on his Twitter comment after practice, saying it’s “getting weird” and reiterating that he will not take additional tests this season — although he stopped short of saying the league is “targeting” him with the testing.
“I’m not going to say all that,” Bell said in the locker room. “I’m just saying I’m not doing it no more. They’re not getting no more of my blood. They can use the blood they’ve got right now.”
The random drug testing is part of a collectively bargained policy between the NFL and NFL Players Association. An independent administrator determines via a computer program which players are tested each week.
“Is it random, though?” Bell said. “Why do I feel like every time they’re here doing the HGH testing, I get picked?”
Per NFL rules, players with no previous violations of the policy on performance enhancers won’t be tested more than six times in a calendar year.
“We’ve been playing the season for 10 weeks and I’ve been tested five times for HGH,” Bell said. “On average, it’s like once every two weeks, right? Every two weeks, you all been testing me and haven’t found nothing, so what are y’all looking for?
“I just don’t understand.”
If Bell does get randomly selected for a sixth test over the last five weeks of the season and he refuses to take it, the league could consider it a failed test and choose to discipline him — with suspension a possibility.
Njoku back at practice
BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has returned to practice after missing eight games with a broken right wrist.
Njoku was injured in Cleveland’s victory over the New York Jets on Sept. 16, when he landed awkwardly after getting his legs taken out while trying to make a leaping catch. The Browns designated Njoku for return from injured reserve on Wednesday. He’s eligible to play this Sunday against Miami, but coach Freddie Kitchens wants to assess Njoku on the practice field first.
Lock’s in-game action not imperative this year
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Vic Fangio said Wednesday he doesn’t consider it “vitally important” to get rookie quarterback Drew Lock some playing time this season.
With that, he shot down a talking point so popular on Denver’s airwaves that the Broncos need to see Lock play this season to know what they have in the project QB before they head into free agency and the draft next spring.
A cameo simply wouldn’t expose Lock as a bust or reveal him as the franchise’s future, Fangio said.
That’s not to say Lock won’t get his chance, just that Fangio doesn’t see it as essential, an opinion the first-year head coach said is shared by his boss, John Elway, who drafted Lock in the second round out of Missouri after trading for veteran Joe Flacco last offseason.
Dolphins in disarray
DAVIE, Fla. — The Miami Dolphins’ roster is becoming as thin as their playoff chances.
Starting safeties Reshad Jones and safety Bobby McCain went on injured reserve Wednesday, further depleting an already shaky secondary.
On Tuesday, Miami cut leading rusher Mark Walton hours after he was arrested on charges of punching his pregnant girlfriend in the head. It was Walton’s fourth arrest in less than a year.
The roster moves leave in further disarray a depth chart that has been a patchwork all season as the Dolphins (2-8) rebuild under rookie coach Brian Flores.
Lions make moves
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions have activated rookie defensive end Austin Bryant and put fullback Nick Bawden on injured reserve.
Detroit made the moves Wednesday while preparing to play the Washington Redskins.
Bryant has not played this season because of a torn pectoral muscle. He had been on injured reserve. Detroit drafted Bryant in the fourth round out of Clemson.
Bawden had a knee injury in a loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. The former San Diego State standout was drafted this year in the seventh round and had four receptions for 17 yards in 10 games.