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ESPN: Moss fighting re-entry into NFL drug program

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    Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss is waiting to hear from the NFL's medical director of substance abuse regarding whether he will be placed back into the league's drug program.

    After Moss told HBO Sports last month that he has occasionally smoked marijuana, the NFL's medical director, Dr. Rick Spodafora, called Moss in for testing on the grounds that through his words, Moss has indicated that he has resumed his drug-related behavior.

    Four years ago, Moss entered the NFL's drug program. The seventh-year pro was subsequently tested up to 10 times a month, but he rotated out after testing clean in the two subsequent years.

    But Moss refused Spodafora's recent testing request. Fox Sports reported Sunday Moss' attorney, David Cornwall, set up a meeting to lobby on Moss' behalf that spoken words during an interview were no grounds to be readmitted into the testing program.

    Cornwall met with Spodafora last Tuesday to discuss the issue.

    In an August interview with HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," Moss said he still smokes marijuana "every blue moon."

    "I have used, you know, marijuana ... since I've been in the league," Moss said. "But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don't do that, no."

    When pressed whether he still smokes marijuana, Moss said: "I might. I might have fun. And, you know, hopefully ... I won't get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know. I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason."

    Spodafora, who is independent of both the NFL and the National Football League Players' Association, is still considering Moss' argument. No timetable has yet been set for a decision. If Spodafora rules that Moss can be tested and the wideout still refuses, Moss could be suspended since suspensions could come from two missed drug tests -- as Moss has already refused to participate in one.
     

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