Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss told teammates he received treatment from Canadian doctor Anthony Galea

By Rick Maese
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 27, 2010; D03

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss declined Wednesday to discuss details of his relationship with Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor charged last week with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone, but Moss acknowledged to teammates that he received medical treatment from Galea.

Defensive end Phillip Daniels said Moss told a handful of teammates last week that Galea had treated him on three occasions. But Moss, a nine-year veteran, wasn't certain whether he had received HGH.

"I believe he's telling the truth. Santana's always been a stand-up guy," Daniels said. ". . . I believe in him. I support him."

Moss told teammates that he received three treatments from Galea, two for his hamstring and one for his knee.

"As far as the HGH or anything, he didn't say he knew what it was or anything like that," Daniels said. " . . . He was doing the right things, just trying to get healthy."

As the team concluded its second set of organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday afternoon, Moss was available to reporters for the first time since his name surfaced last week in news reports that linked him to Galea. But Moss referred all questions about the situation to Washington Coach Mike Shanahan.

"Right now where I stand, me and Coach Shanahan went over everything and where we're at," Moss said. "We're very clear on our decision. So if you have any questions about them, you have to ask him about it."

Shanahan said he met with Moss on Wednesday morning before practice and the two discussed the matter for the first time.

"[We] went through a bunch of situations that have happened to him, and I feel really good about where he's at," Shanahan said. "And real good that -- I don't know if vindicated is the word, but I think when you find out all the facts, I think he'll be okay."

According to one source, Galea's medical assistant was on her way to meet Moss in Washington last September, when she was arrested at the U.S.-Canada border on Sept. 14, 2009 with HGH, syringes and other medical equipment in her possession.

It is not believed that Moss will face criminal charges, but the NFL is investigating whether players received treatments or banned substances from Galea. If the league determines that Moss violated the league's drug policy, he could be suspended for four games.

Shanahan could not say whether he anticipates a suspension and says he still hasn't spoken with NFL officials about the case. He expects the league to make more progress in its investigation in the next couple of weeks.

"I feel very good about where he's at, the direction that he took," Shanahan said.

Moss said the news reports aren't a distraction and that he's not losing sleep over a possible suspension. "I'm good; I'm just getting ready for the season," he said.

Moss has been recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery but did have limited participation in the team's three practices this week. Teammates say his commitment and effort have never been in question, which is why it was so surprising last week to hear his name linked with performance-enhancing drugs.

"Sometimes guys go to these outside people, put their trust in these people to get you healthy and do the right things and sometimes it just doesn't work out," Daniels said.

Moss said he's not certain when he'll be 100 percent healthy.

"Right now we're taking everything as slow as we can and doing the right thing when it comes to me being back," he said. "I'm not in a rush to do that. I am in a rush to being out there with those guys, but I'm not in a rush to do anything stupid with my knee."

Redskins note: Safety Reed Doughty signed his contract tender, the Redskins announced Wednesday. Doughty, a restricted free agent, received a second-round tender of $1.759 million. Linebacker Rocky McIntosh and cornerback Carlos Rogers are the only Redskins who have not signed contract offers for this season.

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