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NFL: WEEK 15

Notes: Andy Reid’s son had steroids, DA says

Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was helping the team’s strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death.

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Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid, was helping the team’s strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death.

An investigation into the fatal heroin overdose of Garrett Reid, the oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, revealed there were steroids in his room the day he died, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that anabolic steroids were found in the room where Garrett Reid was staying when he overdosed on heroin Aug. 5 during Eagles training camp. Reid was helping the team’s strength and conditioning coach at the time of his death.

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Morganelli said there was no evidence that Reid was giving the steroids to any Eagles players, and that investigators could not determine if the drugs were for Reid’s own use or for distribution.

He showed little appetite for a deeper probe.

‘‘The issue of steroids, it’s an illegal substance in Pennsylvania law. It has probably more significance in the sports world. But since it did not appear to be related to his death, we’re not pursuing that any further,’’ Morganelli said.

Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie called the news of the steroids disappointing, and noted that neither the organization nor the players were aware or involved with anything related to steroids.

‘‘It’s clear the conduct in which he apparently engaged runs counter to the values and principles mandated for everyone associated with our organization. We have spoken with the league office and have pledged our full cooperation with their requests should there be any,’’ Lurie said.

‘‘While we remained saddened by the tragic end of a young man’s life and know how hard this must be for the entire Reid family, we are extremely confident that Garrett’s actions were unknown to those around him and did not involve our football team.’’

Reid’s body was found in his dorm room at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. A coroner said the 29-year-old died of an accidental heroin overdose.

Investigators searching his room found a used syringe and spoon, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened, as well as 19 vials of an unknown liquid.

Testing revealed the vials contained four types of anabolic steroids, Morganelli said.

Griffin status unclear

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that he’s still waiting for a thumbs-up from the doctors before declaring that Robert Griffin III can return to game action.

The rookie quarterback sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in last week’s win over the Ravens and missed Sunday’s 38-21 victory over the Browns.

‘‘We’re going to play Robert when he’s 100 percent,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘When that ligament’s fine, when the doctors feel there’s no chance for injury that he can go out there and perform at that level in a game situation without injury, we’re going to go with our starter.’’

The sprain was mild, and Griffin made a case for staying in the lineup when he moved well in practice late last week. Shanahan waited until Saturday night to announce that backup Kirk Cousins would make the start and said he’s taking the doctors’ advice.

Fellow rookie Cousins performed well in his first NFL start, completing 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

The win moved the Redskins (8-6) into a three-way tie for first in the NFC East ahead of this week’s game against the Eagles.

Black suspended

Redskins tackle Jordan Black was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances, the team’s sixth drugs-related suspension in less than two seasons. Black’s suspension began immediately and will include postseason games if the Redskins advance to the playoffs this season . . . Rookie safety Winston Guy was reinstated from the suspended list by the Seahawks after missing the past four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances . . . The Steelers reinstated running back Rashard Mendenhall, who was suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team . . . Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent was on the sideline for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, but team officials did not know he was going to be there, the Dallas Morning News reported. Brent was charged with vehicular manslaughter in an accident that resulted in the death of teammate Jerry Brown Jr. Teammates encouraged him to come to the game, according to the report, but owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett did not know he'd be there.

Packers back Crosby

The Packers are sticking with Mason Crosby, although that decision has as much to do with their personnel philosophy as it does with their faith in the struggling kicker. After missing a pair of field goal attempts during the Packers’ 21-13 victory over the Bears, Crosby is 17 of 29 (an NFL-worst 58.6 percent) this season and has botched at least one kick in the past eight games. Nevertheless, coach Mike McCarthy remained steadfast in his support of Crosby, saying no change is in the offing . . . Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant likely will undergo surgery after the season that requires a bone graft to repair his broken left finger . . . Bills reserve linebacker Arthur Moats will miss the final two games of the season after hurting his ankle . . . The Browns waived defensive back Dimitri Patterson, who signed a three-year, $16 million deal in the offseason with $6 million guaranteed. He posted 28 tackles and broke up five passes.

Job security

While Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes a strong finish is crucial for his team’s confidence heading into next season, he’s not sure if winning three of the last four games will save his job. ‘‘I think we have to keep going,’’ Rivera said. By that he means it’s important the Panthers beat Oakland and New Orleans to finish the season 7-9, which would better last year’s record by one game. Carolina enjoyed its first blowout win Sunday, crushing San Diego, 31-7. The Panthers are 4-4 since owner Jerry Richardson fired GM Marty Hurney following a 1-5 start . . . The Jaguars (2-12) clinched their spot as the worst team in franchise history with a 24-3 loss at Miami, the team’s seventh defeat by 16 points or more this season. First-year coach Mike Mularkey insist no one is quitting, although the Jaguars have been outscored, 26-0, in the third quarter of the last three games. Jacksonville plays host to the Patriots Sunday.

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