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The NFL and NFLPA appear ready to battle over the Al Jazeera PED report

The players' association says the league must have "credible evidence" before it interviews any players who were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in Al Jazeera's documentary.

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The NFL and NFL Players Association appear to be at odds with each other again, this time over the league's intention on interviewing players who were named in Al Jazeera's documentary about performance-enhancing drug use in professional sports.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFLPA insists the league must have "credible evidence" of PED violations before it speaks to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers stars Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent Mike Neal. Charlie Sly, the pharmacist who alleges in the film to have supplied those players with PEDs, recanted his statements shortly after the video was released.

Peyton Manning, who was also named in the report, doesn't have an obligation to cooperate with the NFL's investigation as a retired player. But sources tell ESPN's Dan Graziano that Manning would likely allow himself to be interviewed, because he called for an inquiry into Al Jazeera's allegations months ago.

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