The Patriots plan for a 19-0 season took a big hit today when it was announced that Rodney Harrison has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season. New England's veteran safety's name came up in a federal investigation that's going to rock Roger Goodell's world. When questioned by the G-men Harrison admitted to using Human Growth Hormone.

"I want to make it clear," Harrison said, "that never once did I take steroids. I did admit to the commissioner that I took a banned substance."

Harrison said that his actions stemmed from his desire to "accelerate the healing process" from his various injuries the past two seasons.


But that's not all!

Last night the four-letter's dot com outfit published a report filed by both Len Pasquarelli and Chris Mortensen (because together they make one big schmuck with Atlanta connections and a predilection for friendly agents). Apparently the Rodney Harrison's admission of guilt is the least of the league's worries.

League sources confirmed to ESPN and ESPN.com that at least one NFL assistant coach has also been questioned in recent months by investigators as part of the probe. Sources said that the coach remains a person of interest in the investigation.

The Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union reported earlier this year that an unnamed NFL team physician used a personal credit card to purchase $150,000 in testosterone and HGH last year. The physician told investigators the drugs were for legitimate prescriptions.

The admission by Harrison has not been made public, but his name was among those known to federal and New York officials conducting a large-scale investigation into an Internet pharmaceutical distribution ring for steroids and other performance enhancers, such as HGH.

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Wow! I still can't believe they got through that whole thing without reporting blatantly erroneous information regarding Mike Vick's legal status. Good job Morterelli!