NFL notebook: DEA says probe far from done
The five NFL road teams whose medical staffs were interviewed and subjected to spot checks of their bags by federal agents might turn out to be just the first five in line.
Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said teams were chosen for inspection because they were playing away from home.
They were the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. No arrests were made, and the DEA declined to comment whether potential violations of the federal controlled substances act — the stated reason for the inspections — were discovered.
But Payne also noted Sunday that investigators from the agency “are currently interviewing NFL team doctors in several locations,” suggesting the federal probe begun this summer into possible drug prescription abuse in the league could involve all 32 teams.
Bradshaw, Allen hurt
Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Ahmad Bradshaw has a “fracture of his fibula” and will see specialists.
Pagano added that he is not sure whether the running back will go on injured reserve. Bradshaw was injured in the fourth quarter on a goal-line run.
Tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a low-ankle sprain in the first half. He confirmed the injury and said he is day to day.
Saints lose starters
The Saints lost receiver Brandin Cooks and safety Rafael Bush to injuries.
Cooks had surgery on his broken right thumb, and his recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks, his agent, Jeff Sperbeck said.
Bush said he has a fractured bone in his lower right leg.
Browns suffer key losses
The Browns could be without starting linebackers Karlos Dansby and Jabaal Sheard, a former Pitt star, for the remainder of the season after both suffered significant injuries Sunday.
Dansby injured his left knee on a running play in the second quarter, and coach Mike Pettine said the 11-year veteran will be out for “upwards of a month,” and it’s possible he could be done for the year. Dansby leads the Browns in tackles.
Sheard’s foot injury could be more serious, and his season likely is over.
Broncos banged up
The Broncos suffered key offensive losses to tight end Julius Thomas, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and running back Montee Ball.
Thomas’ sprained left ankle was deemed less serious than feared, and he is day to day. Sanders is in the league’s concussion protocol and a long shot to play Sunday against Miami.
Ball appears headed for more time off after aggravating a strained right groin.
Peterson awaits decision
An arbitrator heard Adrian Peterson’s grievance seeking immediate reinstatement in a 30-minute conference call and told both parties he would issue his decision quickly, according to ESPN.
The decision could come as early as Tuesday. The Vikings running back, charged with felony child abuse, wants to be able to play after his no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault case.
Around the league
Falcons running back Antone Smith will be placed on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured leg, coach Mike Smith said. … Chargers coach Mike McCoy has refuted comments that quarterback Philip Rivers has a severe rib injury. … The Jaguars activated tight end Marcedes Lewis from the injured reserve/designated to return list. The team placed rookie receiver Allen Robinson (Penn State) on IR with a broken right foot. … Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (Pitt) plans to play on sprained knee. He suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee Sunday. … The Bills placed cornerback Leodis McKelvin on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured ankle.