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Union: NFL HGH testing held up by appeals process

January 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the NFL players’ union says testing for human growth hormone is being held up by a disagreement with the league over whether the commissioner or a neutral arbitrator will handle certain types of appeals.

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith says Thursday that otherwise, “The drug policy overall is 98 percent done.”

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says another outstanding issue is whether a second offense will draw a suspension of eight or 10 games.

The league and the union originally paved the way for HGH testing in the 10-year collective bargaining agreement signed in August 2011. But when the Super Bowl is played Sunday, three complete seasons will have come and gone without testing for HGH.

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