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NFLPA's Smith Says No Decision Made On Use Of Former NFLers For HGH Testing
Published August 16, 2013
BACKING AWAY: USA TODAY's Tom Pelissero reported the NFL "distanced itself Thursday from the idea of using former players in a population study" on HGH, one day after NFLPA officials "presented current players with the plan." Sources said that numerous HGH-testing issues "have been resolved, including many terms of the population study requested by the union." However, the use of ex-players in that study "has not been finalized." But that "contradicts the presentation made Wednesday" by NFLPA player advocates Martin Bayless and Ernie Conwell to players from the Vikings. The plan presented to the Vikings is for "roughly 100 former players to participate in the study, with two-thirds of them administered HGH and the other third a placebo." Their HGH levels would be "measured before and after the trial to determine the impact of use" (USATODAY.com, 8/15).