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Archive: July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

How many picks will be unsigned by start of camps?

How many first-round NFL draft picks will still be unsigned when training camps begin next week?

By Reader Poll | July 23, 2010; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Procrastination will give way

While owners, rookies and their agents have different financial concerns with the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement ahead, their procrastination and excuses will eventually give way and the current crop of first-round picks will be in camp before long.

By Rob Rang | July 23, 2010; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dominio effect

A looming NFL lockout and the uncertainty of the next collective bargaining agreement has player agents looking to cash in now.

By Brandon Benson | July 23, 2010; 9:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Something's fishy

If there's collusion going on between NFL owners, it's the restricted free agents who are getting the raw deal, not unsigned first-round draft picks.

By Doug Farrar | July 23, 2010; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Need for guaranteed money

Guaranteed contracts, like those that exist in other major professional sports, would benefit NFL players and owners and eliminate rookie contract holdouts.

By Michael Kun | July 23, 2010; 12:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Uncharted waters ahead

NFL's uncertain financial future has players, agents and owners waiting for someone else to take the plunge before signing a rookie contract. Even if it takes longer than usual, the deals will get done by the start of the season.

By Dave Goldberg | July 23, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strike while the iron's hot

First-round draft picks and their agents are looking to land big paydays before a rookie wage scale is put in place, but with uncertainty on the horizon, teams are thinking twice about shelling massive rookie contracts.

By Joel Thorman | July 23, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Codeine concoction a serious issue

Purple drank abuse has run rampant through hip-hop and athlete culture for years, and despite the fact that it's only now garnering mainstream media attention, the NFL needs to act now to curb prescription drug addiction and abuse.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | July 22, 2010; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Abuse beyond NFL

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise across the United States and codeine -- the key ingredient in "purple drank" -- is one of a number of recreational prescription drugs that needs to be more closely controlled.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | July 20, 2010; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Southern 'sizzurp' gaining in popularity

Purple drank is more prevalent in hip-hop culture than athlete culture, and while it's use is something sports leagues should be aware of, at this point it's not nearly as big of a concern as performance enhancing drugs.

By Robert Littal | July 20, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sippin' Siz-erp

The year-long suspension levied against Packers' lineman Johnny Jolly should serve as a deterrent for NFL athletes looking to get a quick fix with the purple drank.

By Dawn Knight | July 20, 2010; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Downtime leads to drug use

Purple drank is simply the latest recreational drug of choice for athletes looking for something to do during down time. Hopefully recent suspensions levied by the league will limit its use going forward.

By Anthony Stalter | July 20, 2010; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is codeine abuse a problem for NFL?

Are the recent arrests of JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly for codeine possession a sign that "purple drank" has become a serious substance abuse problem in the NFL?

By Reader Poll | July 20, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

More needs to be done

The abuse of codeine in the infamous purple drank is becoming a trend in mainstream society and the NFL, where something should be done to curb its use.

By Doug Farrar | July 20, 2010; 2:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is hip-hop to thank?

The increasing presence of purple drank in hip-hop culture and rap music coupled with its rapid excretion from the body which masks detection in drug testing has led to a growing problem of codeine abuse in the NFL.

By Dr. Mark Adickes | July 20, 2010; 12:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

The latest fix

Substance abuse is a constant in professional sports and purple drank is just the newest quick fix.

By Dave Goldberg | July 20, 2010; 12:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not a league-wide issue, yet

At least for now, the purple drank appears to be an isolated problem affecting JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly and not an NFL-wide epidemic.

By Michael Kun | July 20, 2010; 12:05 AM ET | Comments (1)

More distraction than crisis

At the moment, the purple drank craze is a much less severe threat to the NFL than the impending 2011 lockout.

By Michael Oriard | July 20, 2010; 12:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

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