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Reports: NFL prospects fail drug test at Combine

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Friday, April 03, 2009

The Mock Draft Web site NFLDraftBible.com reports that three potential first-round draft choices failed a drug test at the NFL Combine.

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Citing NFL sources, the site says Florida’s Percy Harvin, Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis, Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji, along with UTEP kicker Jose Martinez all tested positive for marijuana during tests administered in Indianapolis two months ago. Raji’s name was also included in a Sports Illustrated report/.

Separately, the Web site also states that USC linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews tested positive for a performance enhancing substance.

The NFL’s drug policy states that a positive test for marijuana enters a player into the NFL’s drug program, making him subject to random testing and a fine and/or suspension for a second positive test.

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Coach Carroll has come to set the record straight.

Rumors have been circulating around the Internet today that USC linebackers Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids at the NFL Combine in February. Thing is, the report is fallacious, and Carroll is fighting back with the truth.

"These rumors are absolutely false," Carroll said this afternoon. "If they were found positive, Clay and Cush would have been notified three weeks ago, which they weren't, and all of the NFL teams would have been notified too, which they weren't."

Carroll said he spoke with the NFL testing service this morning and verified that both Cushing and Matthews are clean.

"They're both men of outstanding character and they never tested positive for anything here," Carroll said. "This is an major example of irresponsible reporting, and the site that published this report should be ashamed of themselves."

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