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Report: Players to undergo HGH tests

The NFL and NFL Players Association still haven't reached agreement on the implementation of HGH testing. But according to an email sent to all NFL players on July 12, a blood test for HGH will be taken when they undergo their training camp physicals. 

The contents of the email were reported by USA Today. 

According to the report, results of the test will not result in any action by the NFL, but will be used for a "population study" to determine if players have a higher natural incidence of HGH in their blood. The study will then be used to determine what a "normal" HGH level is for an NFL player. 

"The blood sample from each player will immediately be sent to the laboratory for analysis only for the purpose of the HGH population study; no other use will be made of any blood sample," the union said in the email, per the report. 

"After the laboratory has processed all player blood samples, the scientists will perform the calculations and analysis necessary to determine the proper decision limit for NFL players."

In a question and answer portion of the email, the union explains the status of HGH testing. The two sides agreed to HGH testing as part of its 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, but the players association has balked at implementing the program because of procedural concerns.

"The current stalemate regarding HGH testing and the League office is about whether the NFL, and others working with them, can force the Players to accept an unfair testing and discipline protocol when the collective bargaining process requires mutual agreement by both the Players and the NFL."

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