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NFL Steroid Raid Update: Pittsburgh Steelers' Doctor Reportedly On Pharmacy List

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL is looking into reports that a Pittsburgh Steelers doctor was on the customer list of a Florida pharmacy whose owners have been indicted by a grand jury in Albany, N.Y.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said Saturday that the league routinely checks out reports about activities with drugs or other substances that involve NFL personnel.

Records showed that Dr. Richard Rydze purchased about $150,000 in testosterone and human growth hormone. The purchase was made on Rydze's personal credit card.

The Steelers said after the disclosure that Rydze told them he made the purchase for his personal practice. "There is no evidence that Dr. Rydze prescribed or provided any hormone treatments to any of our players. Dr. Rydze has assured me that this has never happened and will never happen," Art Rooney II, the team's president, said this week.

Steroid distribution networks, which might be responsible for internet sales of performance-enhancing drugs nationwide, have been targeted by prosecutors in New York. Two pharmacies in Orlando, Fla., were raided Tuesday, and nine people in three states already have been arrested. Authorities said as many as 24 people could face felony charges when the investigation is complete.

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