NFL to sign agreement to stop stand-off as HGH testing ratified

August 5, 2011

The NFL has become the first major US professional sport that will blood test for the human growth hormone.

The news came after it was announced that NFL players have ratified a 10-year labor agreement with owners.

Teams have had to delay training with the timing of the decision will some players needing this clearance before starting with their clubs.

National Football League spokesman Greg Aiello said “The goal is to begin testing for HGH the first week of the regular season, doctor ” continuing he said “Over the next several weeks, we will discuss and develop with the union the specific arrangements for the testing procedures.”

This comes at the conclusion of a four and a half month stand-off between owners and players and the agreement will be signed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the NFL Network reported.

That was to have been the site of the opening preseason game in two days between the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, a contest that was cancelled because of the work stoppage.