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McAllister listed in steroid reports

October 25, 2008|associated press

New Orleans Saints veterans Deuce McAllister and Will Smith reportedly are among several players who have violated the NFL steroids policy.

Fox 31 television in Denver, citing an unnamed source, reported Friday there are between six and 10 positive tests in the NFL for a weight-loss diuretic called Bumetanide. The only names the station mentioned were the two Saints, who are in London for Sunday's game with the San Diego Chargers.

ESPN.com, citing two unnamed sources, reported the number is more than 10 and may exceed 15.

The NFL would not comment on the reports, but attorney David Cornwell told the Associated Press he has been hired to handle the appeals of a number of players who are facing possible suspensions.

Suggs denies bounty

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs insisted the team did not have a bounty on rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall and receiver Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In an interview last week on an Atlanta radio station, Suggs was asked whether there was a bounty on Mendenhall. He replied, "The bounty was out on him and the bounty was out on [Ward]. We just didn't get him between the whistles."

Suggs was notified Friday in a letter from Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, that "any further comments or on-field activity indicating his participation in bounty activity could result in significant disciplinary action," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said.

Mendenhall, the Steelers' first-round draft pick, needed surgery and was lost for the season because of a shoulder injury that occurred during a 23-20 overtime win over Baltimore on Sept. 29.

Etc.

New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was fined $45,000 by the NFL for verbally abusing an official and tossing a ball into the stands during last weekend's game against the San Francisco 49ers. . . . Steelers receiver Santonio Holmes will be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after a traffic stop in which police found marijuana-filled cigars in his car. He was deactivated for Sunday's game against the Giants. . . . Steelers running back Willie Parker unexpectedly did not practice because of ongoing problems with his sprained left knee and is unlikely to play Sunday.

Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Taylor went to a hospital to have his left calf re-examined, and Coach Jim Zorn said Taylor will have a second operation on the leg next week. He is listed as questionable on the injury report. . . . Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck again will sit out as the Seattle Seahawks play the 49ers on Sunday. Hasselbeck is recovering from a bulging disk in his back. Backup Seneca Wallace will get his second consecutive start for the Seahawks. . . . St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson's availability for Sunday's game at New England will be a game-time decision. He has a strained muscle in his right thigh.

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