Report: Couch suspended six games for steroid use

SUNNYVALE, California (Ticker) - The NFL has suspended free agent quarterback Tim Couch for six games for violating the league’s steroid policy, Yahoo Sports reported on its web site Wednesday.

Couch had told Yahoo Sports in a story about his recent comeback attempt that while he was recovering from shoulder surgery that he briefly used human growth hormone, which is banned by the NFL.

While Couch denied using steroids, documents obtained by Yahoo Sports show steroid prescriptions were filled in Couch’s name at Lowen’s Drug Store in Brooklyn, New York earlier this year.

According to the report, the six-game suspension began during Week Three of the season and runs through Week Eight. Couch, who currently is not on an NFL roster, was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 18.

Yahoo Sports reported that Couch is listed as a client name for eight prescriptions from July 1, 2006 to September 26, 2006. The prescriptions were for anabolic steroids such as testosterone, stanozolol, oxandrolone and other drugs taken as part of a steroid regimen.

The first overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1999, Couch has been a bust and last appeared in a game during the 2003 campaign.

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Updated Wednesday, Oct 3, 2007