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By PFW staff

After a meeting on Friday morning between representatives from the NFL, the NFLPA and members of Congress, commissioner Roger Goodell announced that testing for human growth hormones (HGH) for players could begin in the next few weeks. The NFLPA, however, disagreed.

The testing, which the league has asked the players to agree to since the summer negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, has been a sore subject with the players, who claim to have issues with the accuracy and safety of the tests. HGH tests are done via a blood sample, unlike the other illegal substance testing done by the NFL. The tests also must be done within 24 hours of the hormone being injected into the user.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah disagreed with the commissioner's timetable, saying instead to the media following the meeting that testing will begin once a fair and safe system is in place. Atallah added that players will do that "as fast as possible," but made no guarantee on when that would take place.

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