Desperate to resume his career, a "down and out" Ryan Tucker risked his football future by taking a banned substance. Now he'll pay for it - and so will the Browns.
Tucker, Cleveland's rock-solid right offensive tackle, was suspended Friday for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
Tucker, 32, admitted taking a banned substance, saying he did so while being treated for a mental disorder that limited him to nine games last season.
"I didn't intend to compromise the integrity of the NFL, my team," Tucker said after Friday's morning practice. "I want to apologize to the fans, my family. It's been a long road in which I was pretty down and out last year. In my attempt to come back I took a banned substance."
Also, quarterback Brady Quinn's contract holdout dragged on and general manager Phil Savage expressed disappointment at not being able to finalize a deal with agent Tom Condon. Savage said he "talked briefly" with Quinn's representatives but didn't seem optimistic about a contract being completed anytime soon.
Lions sign No. 2 pick
Detroit did what it took to get Calvin Johnson on the field.
The Lions gave the rookie receiver a six-year deal worth up to $64-million, the Associated Press reported, with just under $27.2-million guaranteed.
Moments after signing, the No. 2 overall pick out of Georgia Tech found himself on the first team during a 2-minute drill.
"I wasn't surprised," Johnson said. "I was expecting to be out there with the first team. That's why they picked me at No. 2."
BRONCOS: Linebacker Warrick Holdman was released from the hospital, 24 hours after being treated for a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp. "He did have some numbness this morning but not a lot," coach Mike Shanahan said.
TITANS: The team met with and gave a physical to former Bucs linebacker Simeon Rice. Rice, who had a physical Wednesday with the Giants, is expected to meet with more teams.
VIKINGS: Team owner Zygi Wilf pledged to donate all proceeds from a training camp practice with the Chiefs to relief and recovery efforts for the families of the victims of Wednesday's bridge collapse in Minneapolis.
Pro Football Hall of Fame induction
In today's ceremony in Canton, Ohio, six players will be inducted into the Hall, swelling membership to 241: Gene Hickerson, Michael Irvin, Bruce Matthews, Charlie Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Roger Wehrli. TV: 6 p.m., ESPN.