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NFL HGH Testing: Union Tells Players Blood Tests For HGH Close In Memo

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FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 14, 2011, the NFL logo is seen as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a new conference after the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas. NFL owners will meet in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)
FILE - In this file photo taken Dec. 14, 2011, the NFL logo is seen as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a new conference after the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas. NFL owners will meet in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

The NFL Players Association has told its members that the union "tentatively agreed" that 40 players will take blood tests for HGH each week during the season, with a positive result drawing a four-game suspension.

The NFLPA emailed players a memo in question-and-answer format Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy.

According to the email, players participating in NFL training camps this year will provide a blood sample for a "population study" to determine what level of HGH will result in penalties.

While Tuesday's memo says owners and players "will likely finalize soon" the in-season weekly HGH testing, the union does not indicate what the NFL has agreed to – or give specifics about what stands in the way.

A league spokesman declined to comment on the union's memo.

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