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NorCal-Steeler
12-06-2008, 12:55 PM
Federal judge blocks NFL from suspending five players
Associated Press


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A federal judge has blocked the NFL from suspending five players for violating the league's anti-doping policy.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said Friday he needed more time to consider the case after hearing several hours of arguments from the league and the NFL Players Association.

The league released the following statement in response to the ruling:

"Judge Magnuson made clear this afternoon that he needed more time to fully and carefully consider all of the briefs, arguments, and cases put before him. We welcome that scrutiny. We are confident that, once he has had an opportunity to review all of the relevant materials, including the Collective Bargaining Agreement, he will uphold our longstanding agreements with the NFLPA that protect the health and safety of NFL players and the integrity of our game."

Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings, and Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans Saints all were suspended this week for four games. They tested positive for a banned diuretic in the dietary supplement StarCaps.

The union has argued the NFL didn't properly inform players about the substance. The NFL's attorneys argued that claim, and others, had been considered and rejected in a process set out by the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press



I cant get over how the NFL keeps pointing to the CBA yet when the *Pats were caught cheating and Sen Spector wanted a 3rd party invetigation citing the CBA the NFL thought it was irelevent.

RuthlessBurgher
12-06-2008, 07:10 PM
The Viking guys should take their 4 games now, and then return for the playoffs. What happens if this decision allows them to play this week (against freaking DETROIT) but then the 4 game suspensions get upheld next week, so they miss the final 3 regular season games and the first playoff game? Wouldn't the division leading Vikings prefer to have their 2 DT studs back for the first playoff game than have them this week for a gimme game against the winless Lions?!?!?!

stlrz d
12-06-2008, 07:17 PM
The Viking guys should take their 4 games now, and then return for the playoffs. What happens if this decision allows them to play this week (against freaking DETROIT) but then the 4 game suspensions get upheld next week, so they miss the final 3 regular season games and the first playoff game? Wouldn't the division leading Vikings prefer to have their 2 DT studs back for the first playoff game than have them this week for a gimme game against the winless Lions?!?!?!

Problem is, they're in a dogfight for the division.

AngryAsian
12-06-2008, 07:42 PM
The Viking guys should take their 4 games now, and then return for the playoffs. What happens if this decision allows them to play this week (against freaking DETROIT) but then the 4 game suspensions get upheld next week, so they miss the final 3 regular season games and the first playoff game? Wouldn't the division leading Vikings prefer to have their 2 DT studs back for the first playoff game than have them this week for a gimme game against the winless Lions?!?!?!

Problem is, they're in a dogfight for the division.

Agreed.. 8-8 can win that division.

Iron Shiek
12-06-2008, 09:53 PM
Well not to be the wet towel (ASIAN reference) for the Vikes...but they are losing to the Lions this week...so says me in the pickem pool!