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NFL lockout: Players ratify deal, which includes HGH testing

August 4, 2011 |  2:55 pm


As expected, NFL players ratified the new, 10-year collective bargaining agreement agreed upon last month, and two people familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press that the deal allows the NFL to become the first major U.S. professional sports league to use blood testing for human growth hormone.

The NFL will be allowed to check each player annually for HGH, but still to be determined is the way testing and appeals will work.

In other details, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will retain power to mete out discipline under the personal conduct policy, league sources told's Adam Schefter.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Members of the Chicago Bears head to the field on the first day of training camp. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press.