NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that a plan for testing for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is nearly in place and could be in effect this year. In his annual State of the NFL address, Goodell said that the league and the NFL players' union are close to an agreement on a testing procedure and that the changes should be in place in time for the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season.
"It's the right thing to do for the integrity of the game," Goodell said. "And it's also the right thing to do, to send the right message to everybody else in sports: You don't have to play the game by taking performance-enhancing drugs. The science is there. There is no question about that."Commitment to some form of HGH testing was a stipulation in the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the players' union and the league.