Week 8 was a brutal one in the National Football League, with multiple big names suffering terrible injuries out on the gridiron.
Le’Veon Bell, Steve Smith Sr, Keenan Allen, Reggie Bush and Cameron Wake will all miss the rest of the season thanks to knocks they picked up at the weekend and will certainly be cursing the football gods and ruing their misfortune.
However, according to former NFL quarterback Brady Quinn, it might be performance-enhancing drugs, steroids and Human Growth Hormone that is the cause of all these injuries.
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PEDs Causing Injuries
Quinn appeared on CBS Sports' Roughing the Passer podcast yesterday and seemed to intimate that these players who are all bigger and faster than in previous years may have done it in a non-legal fashion, which is now causing more injuries.
"There’s got to be something these guys are taking. That’s what I think at least," Brady revealed. "You could say it’s what they’re taking, supplements and things that they’re putting in their body that are dehydrating their body and making them a little more tight and brittle, those sorts of things.”
Quinn went on to single out HGH-use in the NFL, which he claimed that “40 to 50 percent” of all players are taking.
"I think the usage of HGH or performance enhancing drugs or supplements is greater now than it’s ever been because the money is bigger now than it’s ever been and the punishment isn’t really that bad if you think about it," he said.
Quinn went on to make the analogy of a player absolutely risking a simple four-game ban in order to potentially get a $16 million contract thanks to the improvement in his performances thanks to the drugs.
There's another reason NFL players take HGH as well, the tests for it are pathetic. Currently, the NFL's test only catches players who have used HGH in the previous 48 hours. The NFL's testing and research into HGH is pitiful and players are taking full advantage of that.