Story Links Former UK Star Tim Couch To Steroids

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, who starred at Kentucky in the 1990s and was 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.

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 documents "worthless."

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," Edwards said.

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
back.

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 said.

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 steroid regimens.

"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."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Aug 28, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    Yahoo has documents from an anonymous source what a crock. You can get any anonymous document about anything on anyone on the internet. Anyone who uses the internet knows this. No wonder Google is moving ahead. Maybe Yahoo needs to sell out to The National Enquirer. Give Couch a break. He has had his share of bad luck.
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Aug 28, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    This is just another excuse to put a good man down. Tim Couch gave his all to the Browns and they didn't try to protect him from injury at all. Now he's suffering after 2 shoulder surgeries and tried to make a comeback with all that old baggage, but of course he gets sore after being sacked. Can no one make it good from KY (even though it didn't last as long as it should have) without being attacked in the media. I believe if Tim were truly taking the steroids as suggested, he would have made the team all drug testing aside.

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