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SAINTS GUARD SUES DRUG MANUFACTURER

METAIRIE, La. - Saints offensive guard Jamar Nesbit filed suit Tuesday against the maker of a weight-loss supplement, alleging it was improperly spiked with a diuretic that is banned by the NFL.

The lawsuit against the makers of StarCaps, an over-the-counter product, was filed in federal district court in New Jersey, said Nesbit's attorney Brian Molloy.

Nesbit returned last week from a four-game suspension levied after testing positive for Bumetanide, a substance that helps rid the body of excess water and salt. The league considers the substance a possible steroid masking agent.

It is the same substance for which several other players around the league have reportedly tested positive, including three other Saints: running back Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Will Smith and Charles Grant.

Also, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jackson tested positive for a water pill and faces a four-game suspension.

CHARGERS: Without a sack or interception in its past nine quarters, the team fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell and replaced him with inside linebackers coach Ron Rivera.

COWBOYS: Tight end Jason Witten has a broken rib but could still play Sunday against the Giants.

JAGUARS: Guard Chris Naeole, who broke his hand in warmups before Sunday's game against Cleveland, is out for the season.

JETS: The team's unprecedented online auction for personal seat licenses brought in $16-million for 620 seats. But more than two-thirds of the seats went unsold. Also, running back Jesse Chatman (knee) and rookie quarterback Erik Ainge (right foot) were placed on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said a doctor has not cleared him to play because of a leg problem stemming from bulging disc in his back.

STEELERS: The team won't further punish wide receiver Santonio Holmes for being charged last week with a marijuana-related offense and plans to start him Monday night in Washington. Holmes was benched for Sunday's loss to the Giants.

OBITUARY: Karl Kassulke, a former Pro Bowl safety with the Vikings whose career ended when he was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, died of a heart attack, the team said. He was 67. Mr. Kassulke played 10 seasons but was paralyzed just before training camp in 1973 and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

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