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Report: NFL probe involves 6-8 players


Report: NFL probe involves 6-8 players
Six to eight players are under investigation by the NFL for violating the league's drug policy by taking a weight-loss diuretic that is considered a masking agent for steroids, The Associated Press reported Monday, citing a person familiar with the case.


The report claims that estimates of a higher figure were untrue. The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the players are appealing the findings.

FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer has already identified most of the players under investigation. They include: Saints RB Deuce McAllister, Saints defensive linemen Charles Grant and Will Smith, Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and Falcons DT Grady Jackson.

The Saints players' appeal, in which they have decided to band together and appeal as one, is set for the middle of November, Glazer reported. The Vikings' suspension appeal was slated for this past week, the team's bye week, but it was pushed back.

Glazer also reported that the suspension of Saints guard Jamar Nesbit last month was a result of taking a similar weight-loss pill.

Water pills are deemed illegal in the NFL because they can be used to mask positive steroid tests. However, considering the players who have tested positive, the intent appears to be to cut weight, and not for a masking agent, according to Glazer.

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