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NFL Notes: PED Investigation, Cowboys & Patriots

PED Investigation

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentions that an investigation based on media reports, arguably, can’t happen if there isn’t any “credible evidence” that would justify discipline against the players named in the Al Jazeera documentary.

Florio points out that the NFL can discipline players for positive PED tests and for “violations of law and other documented evidence-based violations.”

However, no where does it say that the league can conduct an investigation based on “media reports” or anything that’s close to this. Beyond that, the policy doesn’t leave the door open to “probable cause” when it comes to conducting an investigation into a potential violations.

Florio sums this up by writing: “In other words, there’s no language in the policy requiring the players to provide any information before the NFL concludes based on the information it already has developed that a violation occurred.”

Cowboys

Cowboys RB Darren McFadden finally discussed how he broke elbow a few weeks ago, which conflicts with the original story of a dramatic cell phone rescue.

I just slipped down and landed on my elbow,” McFadden said, via the Dallas Morning News. “My phone was in my hand, and so people kind of put that story out.

I got a few weeks left in this brace, but other than that, my body feels good. I feel great, and I’m looking forward to the season. I’m ready to go.

Patriots

Patriots WR Danny Amendola said he’s “feeling good” after undergoing knee and ankle procedures.

I feel really good,” Amendola said, per Mike Reiss. “I had a couple minor procedures done after the season. Everybody knows how long the season can be. I wanted to go into next season feeling as fresh and ready as I can.

There has been some question about his availability for the start of the season, but there appears to at least be a shot of him being ready for Week 1.