Eagles failed to inform players of AIDS testing, lawyers claim Football Notes

November 02, 1991

Several Philadelphia Eagles say the team gave them no special consent forms and no counseling before testing players for AIDS during the preseason.

Scott Burris, a lawyer who specializes in AIDS-related cases, said the team violated state law by not obtaining a separate informed consent before testing and by not conducting pre- and post-test counseling.

Lawyers for the players said they would investigate.

Team president Harry Gamble said Thursday that all the players signed consent forms before they were tested and had the option of refusing. The consents were part of a standard authorization form that included other tests, Gamble said.

Although the players recalled filling out a routine, 10-page medical questionnaire, many of them said they were unaware the test was done.

"I didn't know I was being tested for AIDS," Reggie White, the team's player representative, said.

Free safety Wes Hopkins said, "I have no objection to being tested, but I do object to not being told."

* DOLPHINS: Tight end Ferrell Edmunds (Maryland), suffering from a thigh injury, says he hopes to receive clearance by the weekend to begin jogging.

Edmunds, an All-Pro, has been sidelined since Week 3; the earliest he might return is the Nov. 10 game against the Patriots.

"The swelling's down, and I've got a lot more motion; it feels a lot better," Edmunds said.

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