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HGH TEST CLOSER: NFL.com's Breer & Kremer reported the NFL and NFLPA today are holding an "important negotiating session" to "continue their work toward an agreement" on implementation of HGH testing. There are "three categories" of key issues: procedural, economic and due process/appeals. Also, "it needs to be discussed who will foot the bill" for each $2,200 HGH testing kit (NFL.com, 7/23). SI's Jim Trotter noted an agreement "could be done by the end of the week." The tests "cannot be retroactive, meaning that blood is going to be used for the population study." However, if players "test positive, you can’t go back now and discipline them” ("Rome," CBS Sports Network, 7/23). Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he did not believe steroids were prevalent in the NFL, but HGH might be different "because you cannot test for it." Gonzalez said if HGH testing was instituted, "you would probably find some people out there that are actually using it." Former NFLer Tony Mandarich said steroids "are really a non-issue in the NFL right now, and for years they've been a non-issue because they've done such a good job testing it." Mandarich: "Your next issue is the growth hormone" ("Closing Bell," CNBC, 7/23).