The NFL has proposed to the players association the plan to use blood tests for HGH, according to a report in The Washington Post.
The union, however, remains opposed to the idea of the players undergoing blood testing.
The latest overture comes in light of Tuesday’s report that an athlete was banned after testing positive for HGH. Terry Newton, a British rugby league player, became the first athlete to be suspended for using HGH. He acknowledged using the substance, and was banned for two years by the United Kingdom Anti-Doping authority.
HGH is banned in the major North American sports leagues, including the NFL and Major League Baseball, but the hurdle always has been the belief there was no effective, widely available test for the substance.
Major League Baseball also is keen on using blood tests for HGH, and plans to go ahead with such testing in the minor leagues later this season, according to a report in The New York Times.