NFL clears James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of PED use

Like Peyton Manning before them, James Harrison, Clay Matthews, and Julius Peppers have officially been cleared of any wrongdoing in and Al-Jazeera America report linking them to HGH use.

Harrison responded to the news on Instagram.

Charles Sly, the lone source pertaining to Harrison, recanted his accusation that Harrison used Delta-2, a steroid-like hormone supplement.

The NFL Players Association fought to prevent the interviews from happening, but the NFL insisted that its investigators meet with each player individually.

Should the three players have chose to not cooperate with the NFL's investigation, Goodell was going to suspend the three linebackers indefinitely.

Without much forensic evidence to speak of (for example, Harrison has never failed a drug test), the National Football League would have had a real fight on its hands had it gone ahead and suspended any of the players implicated.

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers talks with Clay Matthews during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders earlier this preseason at Lambeau Field.

Bridgewater suffered a dislocated knee, torn anterior cruciate ligament and other structural damage during what head Coach Mike Zimmer described as a non-contact, "freaky" incident. He was expected to have surgery in the next several days and could require a year to recover, the team said. Shaun Hill is in line to be the starter for now.

Mettenberger, 25, was released Tuesday by the San Diego Chargers, who signed him after he was released during the offseason by the Titans. His compensation for this season now is $10.25 million, reports said.

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