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March 29, 2005 @ 1:02 pm
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Bucs T Steussie Alleged To Have Taken Steroids

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Jim Flynn

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A "60 Minutes Wednesday" report has accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Todd Steussie and two of his former teammates -- Carolina Panthers punter Todd Sauerbrun and center Jeff Mitchell -- of having steroid prescriptions filled by a West Columbia, S.C., doctor now under investigation by federal authorities, according to the Associated Press. Steussie, who was benched in favor of Kenyatta Walker in Week 5 last season, is under contract with the Bucs through 2009.

A "60 Minutes Wednesday" report has accused Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackle Todd Steussie and two of his former teammates -- Carolina Panthers punter Todd Saurberun and center Jeff Mitchell -- of having steroid prescriptions filled by a West Columbia, S.C., doctor now under investigation by federal authorities, according to the Associated Press.

According to the report, all three players had prescriptions for testosterone cream filled within two weeks of Carolina's appearance in the 2004 Super Bowl.

According to CBS, Steussie, who left Carolina to sign with Tampa Bay via free agency last year, reportedly obtained 11 testosterone prescription refills over an eight-month period in 2004.

Miller reportedly had his prescription refilled seven times. Sauerbrun allegedly received syringes and the injectable steroid Stanozolol. Both the cream and Stanozolol are banned by the NFL.

The prescriptions were written by Dr. James Short, who is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration for allegedly prescribing steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Steussie, entering his 12th year in the NFL, is under contract with the Bucs through the 2009 season. However, he was benched in favor of Kenyatta Walker in Week 5 and could become a salary cap casualty after June 1.

Neither Steussie nor Bucs general manager Bruce Allen could be reached for comment.

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