Former No. 1 NFL draft pick Tim Couch had doping regimens that
called for anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, according to
documents obtained by Yahoo.com.
Couch, cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this month, told
Yahoo.com he used HGH for about a week, under a doctor's care, in
hopes it would help him recover from shoulder surgery. He denied
using steroids or any other banned drugs and said he had never seen
the documents. Couch was not in the NFL at the time of the alleged performance-enhancing drug usage.
Yahoo.com reported Tuesday it had obtained documents from an
anonymous source with Couch's name printed across the top that
called for extensive use of drugs banned by the league. The Web
site identified the source as a former associate of Brian Yusem, a
nutritionist in Boca Raton, Fla., who Yahoo.com said has worked
with Couch since January 2006.
"Just because somebody prints something and says this is the
protocol I would suggest doesn't mean somebody has the obligation
to do it or did it," Yusem told the Web site, calling the
Couch's agent, Tom Condon, didn't return a phone call from The
Associated Press, and the NFL had no comment.
The documents detail three regimens -- 72-day, 80-day and 55-day
programs -- dated Jan. 26, 2006, Sept. 18, 2006 and Nov. 27, 2006,
according to Yahoo.com.
Although Yusem said nothing illegal took place, the source told
Yahoo.com that he saw Couch pick up steroids and HGH, as well as
get injected with steroids in Yusem's office.
Couch, the No. 1 pick in the 1999 draft, signed with the
Jacksonville Jaguars on July 29, and coach Jack Del Rio said then
that the former Cleveland Browns quarterback was merely giving the
team another quarterback to use during training camp and that he
had an outside shot to make the team.
Couch was released three weeks later.
Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said Tuesday that Couch's release
had nothing to do with the drug allegations.
"It was strictly a personnel decision based on performance,"
Couch, who had two shoulder surgeries since February 2005, was
2-of-4 passing for 11 yards in one preseason game and was sacked
twice. He also missed practice following that game with a sore
Couch told Yahoo.com that he passed a drug test when he signed
with the Jaguars. Edwards said the NFL's drug-testing policy is
confidential, and results are not shared with teams. Teams are only
notified when players are suspended for violating the policy, he
Couch said "there's no way in hell" he would have passed a
drug test in Jacksonville had he taken what was outlined in the
"It doesn't matter what that [steroid regimen] says," Couch
told Yahoo.com. "It matters what I took. I know what I took and
what I didn't take."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.