Jansen discusses doping

He tells HBO 15 to 20 percent of players use performance drugs

Redskins Notebook

September 08, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Reporter

ASHBURN, Va. -- After telling a national cable news program that "15 to 20 percent" of NFL players use performance-enhancing drugs, Washington Redskins tackle Jon Jansen said yesterday that he was just trying to bring attention to a situation he believes could get further out of hand.

"What I was meaning is that it's a small percentage of guys that are doing it, but if we don't come up with a test or if we don't come up with something that is going to deter these guys, it's only going to grow," Jansen said yesterday before practice at Redskins Park.

"If there is a legitimate test, then I don't see why we shouldn't have it."

Jansen did the interview with Bob Costas last month for an HBO show that aired Wednesday night. Jansen said that he has not had any personal experience with teammates on the Redskins using performance-enhancing drugs during his first seven years in the NFL, but he has been approached by others.

"I'm sure there are a lot of guys with similar stories," Jansen said. "I wear my name on the back of my jersey. And my wife has my name and now my child has my name. My parents have my name. It's not something I'm going to take lightly and soil just because I want to come back a little faster. I was on IR, why come back faster?"

The NFL tests for steroids, but not for human growth hormones. Redskins center Casey Rabach wouldn't be surprised if Jansen's percentage were true.

"If there is a way for guys to cheat with as much money that's out there, and the fame and glory that's possible, guys are going to take short cuts," Rabach said. "I guess the best test especially for us offensive linemen is to lift up our shirts and you can tell what we're on."

Portis works out

Clinton Portis has been listed as questionable for Monday night's season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field, but his availability seems to be getting more and more doubtful.

Portis put on pads yesterday for the first time since partially dislocating his left shoulder in the opening preseason game but said he was only about "75 percent."

"We'll take it one day at a time," Portis said. "I would love to be out on the field, but again we've got to look at the long run and the overall season instead of jump back early, play in this game, but then miss the key games we've got coming up behind us."

Told that he sounded as if he wasn't planning on playing against the Vikings, Portis said, "I guess you're just as sad as I am."

Coach Joe Gibbs has said all along that he would leave the decision up to Portis.

"It's good that he's back now in pads, that portion's good, but we'll continue to take it day-to-day to see what happens," Gibbs said. "I was really surprised to see what he did today, and we'll see what he can do tomorrow."

don.markus@baltsun.com

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