Commencement of HGH Testing Still Uncertain

Earlier today the scoop was that HGH testing could begin soon.  However, soon is the operative word here as the NFL and the NFLPA have been unable to agree on testing protocol.

George Atallah, spokesperson for the NFLPA, said via Twitter on Friday that “The challenge for us as a league and a sport is to ensure that we have a clean game, but a fair system.”

However, according to Mark Maske of Washington Post, Roger Goodell, Commission of the NFL said that the league plans to begin blood-testing its players for HGH within two weeks.

That announcement followed a meeting on Capitol Hill between the NFL, NFLPA and leaders of the House committee on oversights and government reform.

According to Maske union representatives said after the meeting, that they must consult with the players first and they don’t expect testing to begin until players are satisfied that the blood test for HGH is reliable and safe.

At Friday’s meeting were: Roger Goodell, Jeff Pash and Adolpho Birch, for the league; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Domonique Foxworth and former player Ernie Conwell for the players; and Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R- Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

The parties are to meet again with Issa and Cummings within 30 days.

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