A federal judge has blocked the National
Football League from suspending five players for violating the
league's anti-doping policy.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said Friday he needed more
time to consider the case after hearing several hours of arguments
from the league and the NFL Players' Association.
Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Will Smith of the New Orleans
Saints all were suspended this week for four games. They tested
positive for a banned diuretic in a dietary supplement called
The union has argued that the NFL didn't properly inform players
about the substance. The NFL's attorneys argued that that claim,
and others, had been considered and rejected in a process set out
by the league's collective bargaining agreement.