May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh speaks to the media during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh is paying attention to the Seattle Seahawks suspensions


Five, count them, five different Seattle Seahawks players have been suspended since 2011 under head coach Pete Carroll for violating the league’s policy against performance enhancing drugs. The drugs in question tend to be the prescription drug Adderall for ADHD which is labeled as a PED.

And other coaches around the NFL are taking notice, including divisional rival head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers.

“I’ve definitely noticed it,” Harbaugh said, via Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat.  “You don’t know what it is.  Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that that’s what it is.  I’ve heard this thrown out or that, but that’s usually the agent or the players themselves saying it’s, for example, Adderall.  But the NFL doesn’t release what it actually is, so you have no idea.  You’re taking somebody at their word that I don’t know if you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances.”

The debate about whether Adderall deserves to be on the banned substance is a different subject together. But as of right now the league has banned it.

“It has no place in an athlete’s body,” Harbaugh said regarding the NFL’s list of banned substances.  “Play by the rules. You want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’  That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, since I was a little kid.  We want to be a above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules.  If you don’t, if you cheat to win then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler.  And Bo Schembechler is about next to the Word of God.  It’s not the Word of God, but it’s close.”

This potentially hints at Harbaugh’s attention to what his team is ingesting. But it could also set him up for an embarrassing moment if one of his players gets suspended.

Of course he could just be watching and enjoying his week two opponents being short staffed.

Tags: Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks

  • skeletony

    Since when did 5 Seahawks get busted for PEDs? Better do some research and see what teams these guys who were busted were on when they got tested.

    • loverpoint

      I think they are counting Sherman although he was not suspended. He was guilty as sin, but if you are a Sherman or one of his fans you are probably in complete denial. Browner drank from the same bottle as Sherman he was suspended for 4 games, it was the second time Browner has been busted, he never denied it and Sherman got off on a technicality. I think Irvin or Avril will miss the first 4 games of 2013 because of PED’s.

      Did you just think the reporter pulled a number out of a hat when he gave the number 5 ?

      • skeletony

        First of all Sherman = Not guilty. You can believe whatever you want to but he was adamant that he was innocent from day one and was able to prove his case. He and Browner did not “drink from the same bottle”. You are making shit up here. Moffit had a prescription for Adderall to treat ADD since he was a child. Apparently his agent neglected to put the proper paperwork in to the NFL and hence he was ‘busted’. Barbre was not even a Seahawk when he was tested and was only competing for a backup role on the OL for a brief period before being dismissed.

        So we have Irvin, Browner, Winston Guy, and…? That’s THREE!

        • Mike Dyce

          DE Bruce Irvin became the 5th suspended since 2011. “Other Seahawks suspended for PED violations over the past two years were cornerback Brandon Browner, safety Winston Guy, and offensive linemen John Moffitt and Allen Barbre. Cornerback Richard Sherman also tested positive, but his suspension was overturned upon appeal when an arbitrator ruled there were flaws in gathering his urine sample.” via Fox Sports