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NFLPA approves HGH testing, new NFL drug policy

The NFL and NFLPA are agreeing to change their drug policy.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Player representatives voted to approve HGH testing and other changes to the NFL's drug policy on Friday evening. This would mean that the NFL could now blood test for HGH as well as would change some of the parameters for drug testing, such as the limit for marijuana in a player's system during a test.

Under the previous policy, players would test positive for THC (marijuana) if their urine measured 15 nanograms per milliliter, which reportedly was so low that people could test positive for simply being in the vicinity of people smoking marijuana. The league will now reportedly move to 35 ng/mL, which is closer to the U.S. governments limit of 50 ng/mL but nowhere near the limits for the world doping agency, which stands at 150 ng/mL.

Some other changes include violations for stimulants or amphetamines during the offseason will be moved to the drug policy rather than the PED policy, but during the season will remain a PED violation.

Another change is that now players will face a two-game suspension for a DUI "upon conviction or plea agreement". The league will also retroactively apply these rules for the 2014 league year, so some players who violated the policy on or after March 11, 2014 could have their violations amended and/or lifted.