An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said Thursday.
Northampton County (Pa.) coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid’s body. Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.
‘‘We are confident today that Mr. Reid’s death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin,’’ district attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference in Easton.
Reid, 29, was found dead in his dorm room on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during camp.
He was a recovering drug addict who had seemingly turned his life around.
‘‘These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along,’’ a family statement said.
Lehigh University police were called to Garrett Reid’s room around 7:20 a.m., arriving after Eagles team physician Dr. Omar Elkhamra had tried to revive him with a defibrillator. Investigators found 47 syringes and 65 needles in Reid’s gym bag, along with 19 vials of an unknown liquid that Morganelli said will undergo testing.
’96 bounty case cited
The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by former Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.
The union questions why commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season. The filing cites media reports about White’s ‘‘smash-for-cash’’ program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits. The reports include other teams discussing similar pools.
The NFLPA says Goodell’s decision to suspend Fujita for behavior never before punished or prohibited by the NFL violates the league’s labor agreement and demonstrates the commissioner’s bias.
Garcon a ‘long shot’
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says injured receiver Pierre Garcon is a ‘‘long shot’’ to play in New York against the Giants on Sunday. Garcon missed practice a second day in a row Thursday, getting treatment for the painful swelling on the bottom of a right toe that has kept him out of three of Washington’s past five games . . . Running back Trent Richardson will be equipped with a flak jacket over a rib cartilage injury Sunday when the Browns at Indianapolis. “He’s wearing something that’s bullet proof,’’ cracked coach Pat Shurmur. ‘‘He told me he thought he already was.” . . . Bills coach Chan Gailey ruled out Kraig Urbik from playing against Tennessee, the starting right guard missing his third straight game because of a right ankle injury.