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REPORTS: SEVERAL IN STEROID TROUBLE

Compiled from Times wires

Saints running back Deuce McAllister and defensive end Will Smith are among several players who have violated the NFL steroid policy, according to a Denver TV station.

The station reported Friday that six to 10 positive tests were recorded around the league for two kinds of weight-loss diuretic that can mask the use of steroids.

The only names the station mentioned were the two Saints, who are in London for Sunday's game with the Chargers. It did not name the source for its report.

Houston TV station KRIV later reported that Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman tested positive and would appeal.

ESPN.com reported that the number of positive tests is more than 10 and might exceed 15 but league and players union representatives said six to eight cases are pending. It did not name the players possibly involved.

The NFL would not comment on the reports. Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said drug testing is a league matter and the team would not comment.

Attorney David Cornwell told the Associated Press he has been hired to handle the appeals of players facing possible suspensions, including Pittman. He declined to identify his other clients or say how many there were.

"Bryan did everything humanly possible to comply with the NFL steroid policy, including obtaining doctor's written authorization to take weight loss medication," Cornwell said in a statement. "He did not use steroids."

Under NFL policy, a first positive test means a four-game suspension.

Broncos: The league fined Ryan Harris, Michael Pittman and Jamie Winborn $5,000 each for various infractions in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Dolphins: Cornerback Michael Lehan, who started two games this season, was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. The team re-signed free-agent cornerback Joey Thomas.

Colts: A staph infection in a bursa sac in Peyton Manning's left knee led to the surgery that kept him out of much of training camp, team officials confirmed. But they denied reports the quarterback had a highly virulent form of staph infection that is difficult to treat.

Giants: The league fined receiver Plaxico Burress $45,000 for verbally abusing an official and tossing a ball into the stands during last weekend's game against San Francisco.

Patriots: Three of their top four running backs probably will miss Sunday's game against the Rams. Sammy Morris (knee) and LaMont Jordan (calf) were listed as doubtful, and Laurence Maroney is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Rams: It's 50-50 whether running back Steven Jackson, the team's leading rusher and receiver, will play Sunday at New England, and whether he does will be a game-time decision, coach Jim Haslett said. Jackson, first in the NFL averaging 127.8 yards from scrimmage, has a strained thigh muscle.

Ravens: The NFL notified linebacker Terrell Suggs in a letter that "any further comments or on-field activity indicating his participation in bounty activity could result in significant disciplinary action." Suggs repeated that he misspoke when he said the team had a bounty on the Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward in an Atlanta radio interview last week.

Redskins: Defensive end Jason Taylor went to a hospital to have his injured left calf re-examined, and coach Jim Zorn said he will have a second operation on the leg next week. Taylor did not practice but hopes to play Sunday against the Lions.

SEahawks: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will not play Sunday against the 49ers, coach Mike Holmgren said, and backup Seneca Wallace is ready for his second straight start.

Steelers: Running back Willie Parker unexpectedly did not practice because of ongoing problems with his sprained left knee and is unlikely to play Sunday against the Giants. Wide receiver Santonio Holmes also was held out of practice and will be deactivated after Pittsburgh police stopped his car and smelled burning marijuana Thursday. Holmes will be charged with a marijuana-related misdemeanor.

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