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NFL, Players Association nearing deal on HGH testing

NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello talks to reporters after

NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello talks to reporters after a meeting with NFL owners at a hotel in Chantilly, Va. Credit: AP, 2011

The NFL and NFL Players Association are inching closer toward agreement on testing players for human growth hormone.

While the two sides initially agreed on HGH testing as part of their 2011 collective bargaining agreement, a testing program is not yet in place. But the two sides continue to discuss ways to implement a program and a "population study" to determine whether there is a naturally occurring higher incidence of HGH in players. The study is set to take place when training camps open around the league this week.

"We are in active discussions with the NFLPA regarding the implementation of HGH testing for NFL players," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. "Those discussions are focused on a full resolution of any remaining issues, including the role of a population study."

According to an email sent to players on July 12, players will be given a blood test for HGH when they take their physicals upon reporting to training camp. Results of the tests are not expected to result in any discipline, but will instead be used to determine if HGH levels are higher in general among the players. The email was first reported by USA Today.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said there is no agreement on an HGH testing program, but progress is being made.

"We're moving in the right direction," he said.

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