Receiver admits treatments

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Washington Redskins receiver Santana Moss told a small group of teammates last week that he received treatments from the Canadian doctor charged with smuggling and supplying human growth hormone.

Santana Moss: Redskins receiver told a group of teammates he received treatments from a doctor charged with smuggling.   Associated Press
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Santana Moss: Redskins receiver told a group of teammates he received treatments from a doctor charged with smuggling.

Moss portrayed the treatments as routine -- and not involving banned substances -- according to teammate Phillip Daniels.

"I believe he's telling us the truth," Daniels said Wednesday.

Coach Mike Shanahan was also persuaded by Moss' version of events. The two met before Wednesday's offseason practice, and Shanahan came away confident that Moss will not be disciplined for a possible violation of the NFL's banned substance policies.

CHARGERS: There were plenty of noticeable absences when San Diego reconvened for the first time since their playoff loss against the New York Jets.

Some were expected. Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman , left tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd are staying away from a three-day minicamp, unhappy about their contract status.

The NFL's unsettled labor situation cost them the chance to become unrestricted free agents and make much more money than they've been offered by the Chargers as restricted free agents.

Two absences were unexpected. Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates was in North Carolina being examined by a foot specialist for an "issue" that coach Norv Turner didn't fully explain.

Also missing was safety Kevin Ellison , who was told by Turner to stay away from minicamp after his arrest on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

"This thing happened, obviously, a couple of days ago, and really, I haven't had time to sort it out, so I asked Kevin to stay away," Turner said.

Patriots: A New York judge dismissed a lawsuit by two photographers who said they were shot at by bodyguards of quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen .

The April 2009 incident occurred during a party in Costa Rica celebrating the couple's marriage two months previously.


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