Redskins confident Santana Moss won’t be suspended

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.

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.

“He got, like, three treatments, and who knows what happened after

that.”

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.

“I sat down and talked to Santana today and went through a

bunch of situations that have happened to him,” Shanahan said.

“And I feel really good about where he’s at. I feel real good that

he’ll be, I don’t know if ‘vindicated’ is the word, but when people

find out all the facts, everything will be OK.”

Asked directly if he had any worries that Moss will be

suspended, Shanahan said. “No.”

Shanahan said his confidence was based solely on his

conversation with Moss and that the Redskins had not done any

investigating on their own, nor has the coach spoken to the NFL

about the matter. Shanahan declined to discuss details but added:

“There’s a number of things that will occur probably in the next

couple of weeks.”

Moss referred questions to Shanahan.

“Coach Shanahan and I went over everything,” Moss said as he

walked off the field.

Moss’ name surfaced in an affidavit in connection with the

criminal complaint filed against Anthony Galea, a sports medicine

doctor whose superstar clients include Tiger Woods and Alex

Rodriguez. Galea faces federal criminal charges in the United

States for allegedly bringing unapproved drugs into the country and

unlawfully treating professional athletes.

Galea’s assistant was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border in

September with human growth hormone, Actovegin and vials of other

drugs. The assistant was on her way to the nation’s capital, where

she said a professional football player from Washington had called

to request a session with Galea at a Washington-area hotel,

according to the affidavit.

“They stopped somebody at the border who had stuff – who knows

who they were going to see?” Daniels said. “Maybe they were

coming to give (Moss) another treatment. … It’s kind of tough,

man, but I believe in him.”

Cornerback Carlos Rogers said Moss shouldn’t be automatically

tied to the doctor’s alleged misdeeds.

“That part of the thing wasn’t tied to him,” Rogers said.

“Everybody’s put, ‘Oh, he had HGH in his bag. It’s Santana; it’s

him.’ If they test Santana right now, nothing would come up in his

body.”

The NFL does not test for HGH, but the league could suspend a

player if it has other proof that a player has used the

substance.

HGH can used to help an athlete recover from an injury. Moss

revealed earlier this month that his left knee had been bothering

him for three years – even though he rarely missed a game – and

that he had recently decided to have arthroscopic surgery to fix

the problem. He has been a limited participant at this week’s

practices.

“I am in a rush to be out there with those guys,” Moss said,

“but I’m not in a rush to do anything stupid with my knee.”

Daniels said Moss’ predicament should make other players wary

about consulting with outside doctors.

“That’s a lesson for everybody,” Daniels said. “Make sure you

know who you’re working with, go through your trainers and get the

right people. And if they’re going to work on you, maybe bring them

here, bring them to the facility, let the guys see what they’re

doing.”

Santana has played nine years in the NFL, including the last

five with the Redskins. He has led the team in yards receiving

every year he’s been in Washington. He caught 70 passes for 902

yards with three touchdowns last season and played all 16

games.

“I hate that he’s got to go through this and be labeled,”

Daniels said, “because I know what kind of guy he is. I know he’s

a good guy. … It ain’t like Santana went online to buy stuff. He

was getting treatments, and you never know how these guys do

things.”