REPORT: MORE THAN 10 OR 15 PLAYERS TESTED POSITIVE

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the rash of positive tests under the NFL policy on steroids and related substances may be even more widespread than initially reported.
According to Mortensen’s report, which aired on SportsCenter, the number of players who tested positive is actually “more than 10 and may exceed 15.” Mortensen also confirmed that Saints running back Deuce McAllister and defensive end Will Smith were among those who tested positive.
ESPN credited Josina Anderson of FOX 31 in Denver for being the first to report the story.
Attorney David Cornwell told Mortensen that a number of players have retained him to represent them in the appeals process. He declined to name those players or say how many players he will represent in positive drug test appeals.

26 responses to “REPORT: MORE THAN 10 OR 15 PLAYERS TESTED POSITIVE

  1. What are the players planning on doing in beating these tests that they know are coming? They must have something or know something to be driving around smoking blunts in their cars.

  2. Cornwell declined to name them, because the NFL does not release such information until the suspensions have been put in place. In order to, you know.. avoid smearing the inages of star players like Smith and McAllister. Who would buy their jersey now?

  3. Looks like ESPN is willing to credit non-competitors (Fox 31 in Denver) for breaking stories, but not national competitors (like Fox Sports).
    If people are going to guess names, my money is on Richie Incignito. He seems to be ‘roid rage dressed in an NFL uniform.

  4. i think the news stories on these are so vague sometimes… the actual policy has “steroid” in the name, yet more often than not the substance is NOT steroids but some other obscure substance or by-product that is on “the list.”
    its mis-leading and needs to be changed. “steroid policy” is no longer what it is, its “NFL-derived random substance policy”

  5. For water pills!
    Please, the NFL don’t test for flipping HGH but water pill will set your rear to the pine!?!?

  6. Did anyone read the damn story? Bumetanide is the substance in question. It’s a diaretic. A masking agent. Mainly used to mask steroids. But go ahead and make your marijuana jokes….

  7. Actually, in the cases of the two “Saints”…they tested positive for water pills…not a steroid but a drug used in conjunction with other performance enhancers such as steroids….I bet Dexter Jackson of the Bucs is not on the list…He would probably fail the test for excessive estrogen…puusswah

  8. Sounds like they are catching some of the new masking agents and steroid look-alikes they weren’t nabbing before. The boys will have to go back to the lab and get some new juice.

  9. “Did anyone read the damn story? Bumetanide is the substance in question. It’s a diaretic. A masking agent. Mainly used to mask steroids. ”
    Your a little off. It is mainly used to get rid of water and salt from the body. People with heart and liver problems tend to use it. Fighters use it to get there weight down.

  10. nflhof says:
    October 24th, 2008 at 1:23 pm
    What are the players planning on doing in beating these tests that they know are coming? They must have something or know something to be driving around smoking blunts in their cars.
    The one player I know personally says if you have no previous history of “substance abuse” they only test you once a year during training camp. Players know this and smoke out hard in the offseason and quit right before the test. During the season though, questionable.

  11. a lot of off-the-wall assumptions about Bumetanide in here…. its MAIN use to rid the body of excess water weight. it DOES mask some other substances, but heck, i’ve taken the pills before and i do not take steroids. Just because something CAN be used for something doesn’t mean it WAS. this is a bullcrap rule in this case.
    the two players mentioned here are both known to be tipping the scales… getting down water weight is a reasonable concept and entirely believeable. their biggest mistake was not cross-checking it on the list of banned substances… but if you’ve seen the list, you’d understand. it is utterly ridiculous with some substances on there.

  12. I like how ESPN is trying to minimize it by calling them water pills.
    Duirutics are more dangerous then true steroids.
    Especially to athletes who can lose 10 lbs or more on game day.
    More talking points from ESPN. They make me sick.

  13. Let the counting begin :
    Josina Anderson 1
    Jay Glazer 0
    Adam Schefter 0
    John Clayton 0
    Mort 0
    The Rest of the media 0

  14. Taking a diuretic as an athlete makes zero sense. Why would they want to dehydrate themselves before a game? The only purpose they would serve would be to mask steroids.
    The only weight they help you lose is water weight; not fat. And as easily as you lose water weight, you gain it back.

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