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Congress aims to prod NFL, union to move forward on HGH testing

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 11:24 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in August 2011, the NFL and the players’ union signed off on a new labor deal that set the stage for the league to test for human growth hormone, perhaps as soon as a month later.

Nearly two full seasons now have gone by and nothing’s happened.

The NFL Players Association won’t concede the validity of a test that’s used by Olympic sports and Major League Baseball, and the sides haven’t been able to agree on a scientist to help resolve that impasse.

Cue Congress. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday to take a look at the science behind tests for HGH.

It’s a substance that is hard to detect and believed to be used by athletes for a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived — such as increasing speed or improving vision.

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