Union questions put 2011 testing in jeopardy

By EDDIE PELLS | October 7, 2011 | 3:45 PM EDT

Blood testing for human growth hormone is going nowhere fast in the NFL.

The odds of implementing an HGH detection program in 2011 are dwindling as the players' union raises objections to it and scientists dismiss those concerns as invalid.

Testing that the NFL wanted to start at the beginning of the season has been delayed while the union seeks information about a blood test that the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is responsible for the data, is not willing to provide.

Promoted by both sides as a sign of their commitment to a drug-free game, blood testing for HGH was part of the collective bargaining agreement struck between the league and players this summer.

But the sides have not agreed on how to conduct the program and no meetings between the parties are on the schedule.