Goodell pushing hard for HGH testing Craig Thomas

Roger Goodell feels that HGH testing is close to happening.

“I believe that HGH testing is going to happen prior to the 2013 NFL season. It’s the right thing to do for the players,” Goodell said. “It’s the right thing to do for the integrity of the game. 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.

“We gave [the union], as part of HGH, third-party arbitration. It wouldn’t be my decision. They can move toward a system that is more of a third-party system, particularly as it relates to drug testing.”

The ball is now squarely in the union’s court.