Nearly two years after the NFL and NFLPA agreed to conduct HGH testing during the 2011 season, HGH testing may finally be implemented. During the 2013 season.
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the two sides, which lately can’t agree on much of anything, have made progress on an agreement to conduct HGH testing.
Breer adds that the league and the union are “much further along” than ever — which could be sort of like Jerry Jones saying the NFL is closer than ever to a return to L.A.
Still, Breer says there’s optimism in both camps, which is encouraging.
It’s also surprising. At a time when more than a few people are pointing out that the NFLPA got hosed during the 2011 CBA negotiations, the union could be tempted to secure as many concessions as possible when agreeing to HGH testing. Also, it could be hard to get the players under any circumstances to consent to having blood drawn. Given the suspicions and scattered reports about rampant HGH use are accurate, no player who uses HGH will want to be tested for HGH.
As NFL Senior V.P. of Labor Law and Policy Adolpho Birch previously has explained it, the league hasn’t pushed the issue because the NFL needs the players to buy in fully and completely to HGH testing. To make that happen, the NFLPA will need to be able to persuade the rank and file that a clear victory has been obtained, especially in light of the many complaints and concerns the union has raised about the reliability of current HGH testing procedures.