Seahawks players are upset with the NFL for testing FS Earl Thomas for human growth hormone Thursday, according to an ESPN report.
While meeting with reporters, Thomas sported a bandage on his right arm after getting blood drawn, but, after venting on Twitter, he declined to go into specifics about the test.
In the NFC title game, Thomas separated his shoulder but returned to finish the game. He is expected to play against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
Yesterday I said my shoulder was a 10 … Wake up the next morning and I have a blood test for HGH .. League office distraction
— Earl Thomas (@Earl_Thomas) January 29, 2015
“We are being treated like criminals, tested like people on parole,” said an anonymous Seahawks player.
The NFL started testing for HGH in October 2014. Under the new drug policy, the league each week selects five players apiece from eight randomly selected teams. According to ESPN, testing usually tapers off when training camp begins and stays infrequent through the postseason. Players can’t be tested on game days.
If a players tests positive, they are allowed to appeal through an independent arbitrator chosen by the league and the players’ union. Testing positive for HGH results in a four-game suspension.
Some players have been suspicious of the test when it follows a great performance or a rapid recovery from injury.