CHICAGO – Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he has heard of players using Viagra in an effort to gain an edge on the field.
Marshall made the comment Wednesday when he was asked about a growing number of suspensions tied to amphetamines, including the ADHD drug Adderall.
Marshall said he didn’t know much about Adderall, but then suggested Viagra, which is used to treat impotence in men, could be seen by players as a way to boost their energy.
I know guys, it’s such a competitive league and guys try anything just to get that edge, he said. I’ve heard of guys using Viagra, seriously, because the blood, it’s supposed to thin.
Marshall said he doesn’t take medication of any sort and noted the NFL’s drug policy is strict.
Any time you take anything over the counter, if you don’t approve it with your training room, you can get popped, he said. Some of it’s fair, but some of it kind of puts you in a tough spot as a professional athlete. Because the only thing you’ll see is getting busted for PEDs, but it could be something over the counter for a little sickness. You just have to be on top of your P’s and Q’s.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Viagra is not a banned substance and declined further comment.
Since the start of last season, more than 10 players suspended for failing drug tests have publicly blamed it on taking Adderall, a stimulant experts say could provide a competitive advantage by increasing concentration and possibly aggression.
But an impotence drug? Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice seemed surprised by Marshall’s comment.
Viagra? he said. I’ve never heard of such a thing. He’s making that up. He’s got to be making that up. You’ve got to be kidding me.
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Around the league
Chicago return specialist Devin Hester (concussion) and guard Chris Spencer (knee) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Seattle.
Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t sound like a guy who plans on playing against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. The injured Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Thursday he’s still in significant pain from the sprained right shoulder and dislocated ribs that have forced him to sit out Pittsburgh’s last two games.
Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins has been fined $7,875 for pushing Pierre Garcon to the ground well after the Washington receiver crossed the goal line on a 59-yard touchdown last week. Green Bay running back Cedric Benson will remain on injured reserve for the rest of the season after having surgery on his foot.