- Associated Press - Sunday, July 11, 2010

The future of testing for human growth hormone is shaping up to be a contentious issue in negotiations between the NFL and the players’ union. The league supports blood-based testing while the union is less certain about its validity.

NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae tells The Associated Press the union is aware of new tests, including a blood test that could detect HGH for up to 14 days. But that the union believes the test that is currently available, which has about only a 48-hour window of detection, is not completely reliable.

The collective bargaining agreement expires in March, which could lead to a work stoppage during the 2011 season.

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