At least eight NFL players have tested positive for banned substances, including the Saints’ Deuce McAllister, Will Smith, and Charles Grant, and Houston’s Bryan Pittman, reports Denver's Fox 31 and ESPN. Many of the accused, including Pittman, are big linemen who tested positive for the weight-loss diuretic Bumentanide, which can mask other drugs or steroids. All face suspensions, but the league is mum so far.
Attorney David Cornwell says he’s been retained by an unspecified number of players to handle their appeals, including Pittman, who he says “did everything humanly possible to comply with the NFL steroid policy” and got doctor’s permission to take the meds. He also said the league had violated its confidentiality pledge to its players. “By leaking this story, the 'source' is clearly attempting to put their thumb on the scale of justice,” he said. (Read more NFL stories.)