There are only two circumstances in which a player can obtain his test result:
A) Prior to determination of the decision limit, if a test result is extremely unusual and thus raises a medical issue concern, Dr. Rogol will connect a sample number with a player name and inform the player;
B) After the decision limit is determined, if the 5% threshold is met, those players who had positive population study samples will be informed by Dr. Lombardo that they are in reasonable cause testing through the end of the 2014-2015 season.
7. If a sample generates an extremely low result that indicates a medical issue, will he be able to obtain a therapeutic use exemption to treat the issue?
The doctor and scientists have informed us that an extremely low level of human growth hormone will not appear in an NFL player because the medical effect of that condition is so rare, and the physical impact is so extreme, that it would have severely impacted a player’s physical development as a child and adult. However, if there is some other medical issue that a very unusual result indicates, the player will be informed.
8. Will there be testing during the season after the population study sample is taken during training camp?
We have tentatively agreed (and will likely finalize soon, when a few other issues in Policy are settled) that each week during the season, a computer program will randomly select 5 men from 8 teams each week to provide blood. The blood will be tested immediately, then frozen. The test results will be stored in a computer, and once the decision limit is determined, the results will be compared with the decision limit.
If a player’s blood sample produced a result above the decision limit, that is a positive test, and that player will be disciplined at Step One of the Policy, which is a four game suspension. The player will have the right to appeal that discipline, and his blood will have been frozen and stored. NO OTHER USE will be made of the blood, and it will be destroyed within 60 days of his appeal.