NFL News : James Harrison makes his final decision on PED investigation.

James Harrison makes his final decision on PED investigation.


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James Harrison is not one to shy away from a showdown.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker has agreed to meet with the NFL after being named in an Al-Jazeera America report linking players to performance-enhancing drugs.

Green Bay Packers' linebackers Clay Matthews III and Julius Peppers have also agreed to submit to interviews, but a date has not yet been set for them. The fourth player named in the report, free-agent linebacker Mike Neal, has refused to be interviewed regarding the report.

The NFL informed the players that they must submit to interviews regarding the report by August. 25 or face indefinite suspensions for conduct detrimental to the league.

Harrison will interview at the Pittsburgh Steelers' facility Aug. 29, according to an NFLPA letter to the NFL acquired by ESPN. The linebacker has asked that questions pertain to the excerpt in which he is cited in the report.

The NFLPA has yet to release an official statement regarding the league's ultimatum, but previously told the players not to consent to interviews. The union believes that the league does not have sufficient proof to demand interviews, as the intern named in Al-Jazeera's report, Charles Sly, has recanted his statements.

If any of the players are suspended - which would be separate from any future discipline imposed under the NFL's drug policy - commissioner Roger Goodell would make the decision as to when they could be reinstated.

Harrison has been targeted by the league for years, as he has been fined in excess of $100,000 since the 2010 season. Since he announced his return to the Steelers for a 14th NFL season in May, he's been tested for PEDs by the NFL on no less than four occasions, with Harrison passing each test.

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