In a report earlier this week, the Denver Post detailed how Broncos
linebacker D.J. Williams ended up with a six-game suspension this
season. He failed a second drug test administered by the NFL.
The relevance to the Ravens is that their new defensive lineman, Ryan
McBean, reportedly ended up with a six-game suspension -- since
reduced to three -- in much the same way as Williams, though with some
What happened with both McBean and Williams was that, when their urine
samples were tested, they weren't human.
As reported in the Post, a toxicologist, referring to Williams, wrote:
The specimen does not contain any endogenous steroids. The profile is
not consistent with a normal, healthy male urine specimen.
Those are naturally occurring steroids, the kind you're supposed to
have. The assumption is that Williams and McBean provided synthetic
urine, not that either was chasing after the dog with a specimen
bottle. According to the report, if the NFL had tested the samples
only for what it calls "substances of abuse," no one would have
realized the samples weren't on the up-and-up. However, the league
also tested for performance-enhancing drugs, and that's when the two
got caught, the Post says.
Williams' case is complicated by a report from the person
administering the test that a bottle fell from Williams' waist while
he was giving his sample and that when the tester asked for the
bottle, he was given a different one from Williams' locker.
Williams' attorney, meanwhile, is challenging the way the NFL
collected samples from his client, an argument bolstered by the fact
that the person who collected from Williams was subsequently fired by