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

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

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

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

NFL attorney Dan Nash left the courtroom without comment.

Jeff Kessler, an attorney for the union, said he was delighted. He said the ruling showed that the NFL isn't above the law.

"In this particular case, they did not follow the rule of law," Kessler said.

The news came after the Vikings held their media availability Friday. The Associated Press placed a request for comment with team spokesman Bob Hagan.

Magnuson's move came two days after a Hennepin County judge issued a restraining order blocking the Williamses' suspension. The NFL got the case moved to federal court, where the NFL Players Association joined in a broader action that included the Saints players.

The five players were suspended for four games for testing positive in training camp in July and August for the banned diuretic Bumetanide, which can be used as a masking agent for steroids. The drug was in the dietary supplement StarCaps even though the label did not list the diuretic as an ingredient.

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The supplement did not have the banned substance listed as an ingredient... it was hidden...

More like the... we were lied to defense...

doesnt matter if the ingredient was hidden or not. It is clearly spelled out in the CBA that supplements can contain ingredients not listed and that is not a defense for a drug suspension.

what the union is going for is the NFL knew this substance was in this product and didnt notify the players and union to watch out for this, thereby not complying with their main concern- safety of the players.


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Posted by Mike Florio on December 6, 2008, 12:10 p.m.

In a recent interview with Adam Schein and John Riggins of Sirius NFL Radio, attorney David Cornwell addressed two key aspects of the current legal brouhaha between the NFL and the NFL Players Association regarding the suspensions of players who took an over-the-counter supplement that had been spiked with a banned substance.

Cornwell confirmed in the interview that the player who initially tested positive for Bumetanide, a prescription diuretic, said that he had only taken StarCaps, a supposedly all-natural supplement. The player was not suspended.

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