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Ryan McBean Drug Suspension Reduced To 3 Games In Lawsuit Settlement

On Monday, former Denver Broncos defensive tackle Ryan McBean -- who has his free agent tender offer rescinded by the team due to a six-game suspension for violating the league's ban on performance-enhancing drugs hanging over his head -- signed with the Baltimore Ravens. On Tuesday, McBean's suspension was reduced to three games after he settled his lawsuit with the NFL that had alleged the league improperly handled the testing process, according to Mike Klis and Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post.

McBean was a fourth round pick in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Steelers who found his way to the Broncos after being cut in 2008, and hestarted 46 games for Denver since that time. Denver made plans to replace McBean during the offseason, as they signed Justin Bannan and drafted Derek Wolfe.

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams has not settled his companion lawsuit with the NFL, in which he disputes claims by the NFL that he substituted a "non-human specimen" in a urine test. In the lawsuit, Williams alleges that NFL officials "ignored fatal issues concerning the collection process, safeguarding of the urine specimens and chain of custody."

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