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Nesbit files lawsuit

Ex-Saint claims league was silent on StarCaps

Associated Press / August 12, 2010

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An NFL lineman who lost his starting job while serving a drug suspension filed suit against the league in federal court in New York yesterday, claiming it knew the weight-loss supplement StarCaps contained a banned substance but didn’t tell players.

Jamar Nesbit is an 11-year veteran who lost his starting job with the Saints in 2008 when he chose to serve a four-game suspension after testing positive for bumetanide.

Nesbit says he took StarCaps, which didn’t list bumetanide as an ingredient.

Like a couple of Vikings players who were caught in the same situation, Nesbit contends that NFL officials knew StarCaps contained bumetanide, but did not specifically notify players or the US Food and Drug Administration. He also says other players who tested positive for the same substance were not suspended by the league.

Nesbit served his suspension and lost his starting job to Carl Nicks. He played in 13 games last season, mostly on special teams, and was released in March.

The 33-year-old Nesbit, now a free agent, is demanding unspecified damages.

Broncos sign RB Fargas
With their top three running backs sidelined, the Broncos brought in the versatile 30-year-old veteran Justin Fargas to bolster their banged-up backfield. The Broncos are missing Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), Correll Buckhalter (back), and LenDale White (leg). “After seven years in Oakland, that chapter’s done,’’ Fargas said. “This is a new beginning for me and I’m looking forward to it.’’ Fargas didn’t participate in any of the team drills and mostly was an observer in his first practice since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in March . . . Colts owner Jim Irsay told reporters that Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday could miss two to six weeks after having arthroscopic knee surgery to remove what the team described as a “loose body.’’ “We’ve seen guys come back in two weeks, you see some guys come back in six weeks,’’ Irsay said. “You’re hoping it’s the shorter side of the scale.’’ Coach Jim Caldwell would not say how or when Saturday hurt his knee, but that he believed it occurred over time.

Browns await word on Jackson
The Browns are awaiting further test results on starting inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who sustained his second chest muscle injury in 10 months. Jackson was in the midst of a comeback after missing Cleveland’s final 10 games last season with a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery. He injured his other chest muscle during practice Tuesday, a team spokesman said . . . Starting Titans defensive end William Hayes said tests show he only has a sprained right medial collateral ligament in his right knee, welcome news after the team had feared the worst . . . Defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer missed his third consecutive day of practice with the 49ers, and now it’s no longer OK with coach Mike Singletary and the team. Singletary gave Balmer a pass Monday and Tuesday to deal with a “personal issue.’’ Yesterday’s absence was unexcused.

Ryan has game plan for Revis
Jets coach Rex Ryan has a plan to get holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis back on the field. And everyone in the organization is invited. “We’ll call off practice,’’ Ryan said. “We’ll have our whole team there and meet. That way there’s no, ‘He said, she said’ or whatever. Just get the thing done, and let’s work it out that way.’’ Despite HBO and NFL Films taping the Jets throughout training camp for their “Hard Knocks’’ series, Ryan wasn’t just playing it up for the cameras. “Absolutely serious,’’ he said — with no smile.

Merriman said ready to report
A report on ESPN.com, citing league sources, said that after missing the first part of training camp in the hopes of landing a new contract, Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman is planning to report to camp this weekend and sign his $3.269 million tender . . . An internal investigation of a Pennsylvania police officer who was a bodyguard for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when the player was accused of sexual assault in Georgia is inactive, and that won’t change unless new information surfaces, the attorney who conducted the investigation said. Richard Start read a statement but didn’t immediately say more about his inquiry into officer Anthony Barravecchio . . . A judge has sent the drug possession case against former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell to a grand jury in Mobile, Ala. District Judge Charles McKnight decided that the grand jury should review the evidence despite another man’s testimony that the drug in question, codeine syrup, belonged to him and not to Russell . . . Former Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks is officially retiring from the NFL, making the announcement in a two-minute video presentation. The 11-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t played in the league since being released by the Bucs following the 2008 season . . . A 43-year-old man wearing a replica of Donovan McNabb’s maroon Redskins jersey on the sideline at Eagles training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., was asked to remove it by security guards. McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler who spent 11 seasons with the Eagles, was traded in April to NFC East rival Washington.

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