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Ex-LSU star 'Honey Badger' says drugs cost him 'millions'

INDIANAPOLIS — Tyrann Mathieu was kicked off LSU's team in August for failing drug tests. Then 11 weeks later, he and three ex-teammates were arrested for marijuana possession.

Now after treatment and counseling, the player nicknamed "Honey Badger" is trying to restore his reputation and get to the NFL.

"I know what it's like to be humiliated," he said Sunday at the scouting combine. "And I'm not going down that road again."

Asked what he has lost in the past year, Mathieu said "millions."

"I'm not focused on money right now. I just want to play football because I've played it my whole life for free," he said. "I know I made some mistakes. At the end of the day, I think I can overcome them."

In December 2011, the 5-foot-9 cornerback/kick returner finished fifth in the Heisman voting. But when preseason games begin, he will not have played a game in 19 months.

"I think he's a better football player than he is an athlete," NFL Network's Mike Mayock said. "He's short and probably speed deficient. He's probably a slot defender with return skills."

Top prospect has condition: Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, a consensus top-15 pick, has a heart condition. An exam found his left ventricle pumping at 44 percent efficiency (normal is 55-70 percent), espn.com reported. Lotu­lelei was unavailable for comment. He is scheduled to return to Salt Lake City for tests and hopes to work out at Utah's pro day, cbssports.com reported.

Combine speed: Three players almost broke Titans running back Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24 seconds set in 2008. Receivers Marquise Goodwin of Texas and Tavon Austin of West Virginia ran unofficial times of 4.25. But their official times became 4.27 and 4.34, respectively. Auburn running back Onterrio McCalebb's 4.21 became 4.34. Tweeted Johnson on McCalebb: "Can't lie, that one scared me." Former Auburn star Bo Jackson has the unofficial record (no electronic timing before 1999) at 4.12 in 1986.

Bills won't re-sign Gator: Buffalo said receiver David Nelson won't be offered a new deal, making the ex-Gator an unrestricted free agent.

Raiders: Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested early Sunday morning in Miami-Dade County, accused of criminal mischief. Authorities did not disclose details.

Ex-LSU star 'Honey Badger' says drugs cost him 'millions' 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:55pm]
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