Vikings running back Onterrio Smith, who has a history of violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, was briefly detained by airport police in Minneapolis last month after they found an elaborate kit used to beat drug tests.
Police at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport questioned Smith April 21 after a search of his bag discovered vials of white powder, according to a police report.
Smith told officers it was dried urine used in conjunction with a device called "The Original Whizzinator." The officer who filed the report wrote that Smith "told me that it was dried urine for making a clean urine test." In addition, he had a bottle of pills labeled "cleansing formula."
Smith told police he was taking the vials to his cousin. The Star
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said league rules state that failing to cooperate with a drug test was the same as failing it, but he wasn't sure whether there was any penalty for possessing a device designed to beat such a test. The report filed April 26 says a tube of toothpaste set off an alarm as a bag Smith was carrying was being scanned. Six or seven vials of white powder were discovered in the bag. Smith was detained, questioned, and allowed to leave, the report said.
Eagles won't budge
The Philadelphia Eagles will not renegotiate the contract of star wide receiver Terrell Owens, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported yesterday. Owens fired longtime agent David Joseph in April, hired Drew Rosenhaus, and started asking for a renegotiation just one year into a seven-year deal worth almost $49 million.
"It's a non-issue," owner Jeffrey Lurie told the Inquirer. "There are a lot of things I spend time thinking about, but that's not one of them."
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said he is confident Philadelphia can win the Super Bowl without Owens. "I feel that if he plays or not, we definitely have a chance of making it to the Super Bowl and winning it," McNabb said. "With T.O., I think we can do a lot of great things. Without him, I still think we can do a lot of good things."
As a result of a complaint filed by the players' union, the Eagles were stripped of a week of offseason workouts for violating training rules. The Eagles are barred from their training facility from May 16-23 and can't reschedule the workouts. The players will be paid for the missed sessions.
Winslow starts rehab
Ten days after surviving a potentially fatal motorcycle crash, tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. visited the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, to start rehab on his injured right knee less than 24 hours after his release from the hospital. Winslow sustained unspecified injuries in a May 1 accident when he crashed his high-powered motorcycle into a raised parking lot curb at 35 miles per hour. The Browns are most concerned about Winslow's knee, which will be reexamined in 7-10 days when swelling subsides . . . The Baltimore Ravens released often-injured linebacker Peter Boulware, who missed the entire 2004 season with knee and toe injuries. A first-round draft pick in 1997, Boulware is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the franchise's leader with 67 career sacks . . . The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent Reggie Love, who went to training camp with Green Bay last season as a rookie receiver and was released before the regular season. The Cowboys plan to move the 6-foot-4-inch, 224-pounder, who played basketball at Duke last season, to linebacker.