GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Friday that he was shocked and disappointed after his friend Ryan Braun admitted to violating baseball's rules against using performance-enhancing substances.
The Milwaukee Brewers slugger "looked at me in the eye on multiple occasions and repeatedly denied the allegations, said they weren't true," Rodgers recalled before a throng of reporters at his locker after the first practice of training camp. Braun accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension earlier this week.
He and Rodgers are friends, and a Milwaukee restaurant is named after the Wisconsin stars. Rodgers even defended Braun on Twitter last year, saying he would bet his substantial salary that his friend was clean.
Rodgers said he was simply "backing up a friend" then, and that they've spoken since Braun's admission. (see full story)
Vikings: Peterson: 'I'm all natural.'
MANKATO, Minn. -- Embracing the challenge has always been a part of Adrian Peterson's persona.
Following his quick comeback from reconstructive knee surgery, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark and the league MVP award last season for the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson said Friday he'd eagerly accept another test: for human growth hormone.
The NFL and the players union have been working on an agreement for HGH testing procedures. Supplemental HGH is a banned substance but difficult to detect. Peterson said he's been hoping for a long time the league would put the test in place. He's seen and heard the accusations of cheating but said he's "all natural" and "clean as a whistle."
Peterson said he doesn't mind the skepticism and actually considers it a compliment.
Chiefs: No. 1 pick Fisher agrees to deal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Friday, ensuring that the big right tackle out of Central Michigan will be in training camp with plenty of time to prepare for the season.
A person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal, told The Associated Press that the contract will be for five years.
The deal is expected to be in the $22 million range, which would put it on par with the two previous No. 1 picks to have been signed since the NFL instituted a new rookie wage scale with the most recent collective-bargaining agreement. (see full story)
Redskins: Jenkins suspended for using banned substance
RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Jenkins released a statement Friday saying he was "shocked and confused" to learn that he had tested positive for a banned substance.
Said Jenkins: "It's an obscure substance that I've never even heard of, and I still don't know how it got into my body. My only guess is that it came from one of the supplements I was taking around the time of the test, even though none of them listed anything banned."
Jenkins remains eligible to practice at training camp and play in preseason games. He was on the field working with the first-string unit during Friday's practice when the suspension was announced.