‘‘The players agreed to HGH testing in the CBA because they believe in a clean game. They did not, however, agree to an artificial timeline to impose a testing protocol that has no transparency in the underlying science nor a fair due process that is outlined,’’ union spokesman George Atallah said.
NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch, who oversees the league’s drug program, said the sport has been ‘‘trying to do whatever needed to be done to advance the ball’’ on HGH testing.
‘‘I am hopeful because, among other things, the hearing presumably will put to rest the questions of whether the test is safe, practical, reliable and appropriate for NFL players,’’ Birch said. ‘‘If that occurs, it may present an opportunity for the parties to resume serious discussions on how to implement it, rather than being sort of lost in the trenches discussing the questions about its reliability.’’
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