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NFL adds game-day tests for performance enhancers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL is adding game-day testing for performance-enhancing substances -- but not recreational drugs -- this season under the new collective bargaining agreement.

The league's senior VP of law and labor policy, Adolpho Birch, says Tuesday tests weren't conducted in the past on days there were games "because of logistical issues involved, much more so than any philosophical issues."

Birch says the league has developed a way to test that "is not overly disruptive to the clubs and that respects the game-day process."

Birch would not say where talks between the NFL and the players' union stand -- or even if they've started -- about details that need to be worked out before the league can introduce random, year-round blood testing for human growth hormone.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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