Coroner: Accidental overdose killed Fein

NFL Notes

Shanahan, Bills discuss head coaching position

November 26, 2009|By From Sun news services

The Kitsap County (Washington) coroner said Tony Fein, who was a member of the Ravens during the preseason, died of an accidental drug overdose.

Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Wednesday that toxicology tests showed "acute opiate [morphine] intoxication" with the added effect of Alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety. Sandstrom says Fein also vomited and aspirated that material.

Fein collapsed Oct. 6 at a friend's house near Port Orchard and died at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

The 27-year-old from Port Orchard was an Army veteran who served in Iraq. The linebacker was an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Mississippi who also played for the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason.

Shanahan: Two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan met with the Buffalo Bills to discuss their head coaching vacancy, according to a published report.

ESPN.com on Wednesday reported that Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon traveled to Denver and spent seven hours meeting with Shanahan on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Shanahan was quoted as saying he had "an excellent meeting."

Shanahan, however, added the two sides agreed to stay in touch to see what develops. He has been out of football since being fired as Broncos coach after last season.

The Bills (3-7), who host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, were not immediately available for comment. Perry Fewell made his debut as interim coach last weekend after Dick Jauron was fired.

BENGALS: Running back Cedric Benson returned to practice Wednesday, going through a limited workout because of his sprained hip muscles. The injury kept him out of a 20-17 loss at Oakland. Coach Marvin Lewis said Benson is "very close" and might be able to play against the Browns, a team he ran over last season. Benson had a career-high 38 carries for 171 yards in a 14-0 win in Cleveland in December.

Rookie backup Bernard Scott is expected to get a lot of carries against Cleveland even if Benson is able to play. Larry Johnson also could see more time on the field in his second game since he signed with Cincinnati.

BILLS: Rookie guard Eric Wood continues to recuperate in a Jacksonville hospital three days after breaking two bones in his left leg. Meanwhile, starting cornerback Terrence McGee (knee), starting defensive tackle Marcus Stroud (knee) and starting left tackle Demetrius Bell (knee) didn't practice Wednesday. Backup defensive tackle John McCargo also missed practice because of a calf injury. Rookie safety Jairus Byrd, who leads the league with eight interceptions, was limited because of a groin injury.

Running back Marshawn Lynch practiced fully after missing the second half of Sunday's loss at Jacksonville because of a shoulder injury.

BROWNS: Cleveland was awarded linebacker Matt Roth off waivers from Miami. Picked by the Dolphins in the second round in 2005, Roth made 23 starts in five seasons for Miami. He recorded 158 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks in 64 games. After moving from defensive end to linebacker, Roth had five sacks, 53 tackles and two forced fumbles last season.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kurt Warner went through a full practice Wednesday and said he plans to play Sunday at Tennessee. Warner said he passed the required mental tests Tuesday with "no problems neurologically at all" after suffering a concussion in Sunday's 21-13 victory at St. Louis.

Rookie outside linebacker Will Davis will be sidelined four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Starting outside linebacker Chike Okeafor, out the past two games with a back injury, practiced Wednesday and could return for Sunday's game.

CHIEFS: Cornerback Maurice Leggett is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Leggett was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He hurt the shoulder Sunday in the Chiefs' 27-24 win over Pittsburgh.

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