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Report claims former QB Couch was using HGH, steroids

Former No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch had doping regimens that called for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to documents obtained by Yahoo.com.

Couch, cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month, told Yahoo.com he used HGH for about a week, under a doctor's care, in hopes it would help him recover from shoulder surgery. He denied using steroids or any other banned drugs and said he had never seen the documents.

Yahoo.com reported yesterday it had obtained documents from an anonymous source with Couch's name printed across the top that called for extensive use of drugs banned by the league. The website identified the source as a former associate of Brian Yusem, a nutritionist in Boca Raton, Fla., who Yahoo.com said has worked with Couch since January 2006.

"Just because somebody prints something and says this is the protocol I would suggest doesn't mean somebody has the obligation to do it or did it," Yusem told the website, calling the documents "worthless."

Couch, the No. 1 pick by Cleveland in the 1999 draft, signed with Jacksonville July 29, but was released three weeks later.

Giants lose Kuehl
Veteran long snapper Ryan Kuehl of the New York Giants was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury. Zak DeOssie, a rookie linebacker from Brown, will handle the snaps on punts and rookie defensive tackle Jay Aford will snap on field goals and extra points. In other Giants news, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan had constructive talks with team officials twice in the past 24 hours, and he expects to make a decision soon on whether to retire or play. Strahan's holdout reached 33 days yesterday . . . Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he panicked after he crashed his new Lamborghini along a highway early Monday morning and initially reported his car stolen after abandoning the mangled vehicle. But Illinois State Police said they have no record of Briggs reporting a stolen vehicle. Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor, and was given traffic citations after he met with police Monday afternoon.

Simon says: Titans
Defensive tackle Corey Simon agreed to terms with the Tennessee Titans and will try to resume his career after not playing in 2006. Indianapolis released Simon Aug. 4 after he failed his physical at the start of training camp . . . The Denver Broncos cut two of their starters from last year, defensive end Kenard Lang and punter Paul Ernster, and placed wide receiver Rod Smith, their career receptions and touchdowns leader, on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Smith is recovering from offseason hip surgery . . . Veteran guard Rick DeMulling, the Colts' only significant free agent acquisition this year, was released . . . Former Patriot fullback Patrick Pass, signed a few days into training camp by the Houston Texans, was released . . . Offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden passed his physical and was added to the Baltimore Ravens' active roster after missing most of training camp with a turf toe injury . . . The New York Jets moved linebacker Matt Chatham (foot injury) from the active-physically unable to perform list to the reserve-PUP list, meaning he can't practice or play during the first six weeks of the regular season . . . Deciding he was more out of shape than anticipated, Jacksonville cut linebacker Chris Claiborne just two days after signing him.

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