OPENING HIT: It's funny how things work in today's media environment. One station in Chicago reports an alleged list kept by accused drug dealing kingpin Sam Hurd and within 24 hours panic sets in across the NFL.
No, that's not an exaggeration. There is absolute panic across the sport about the potential repercussions of such a list and, again, the list may not even exist. Just the idea of a list is causing people throughout the NFL -- from the league office to the union to players to coaches -- to pee their pants.
And, again, there may not even be a list.
I spoke to players via phone, text and Twitter DM; current players and former players and the resounding sentiment was: "Oh s---!"
I don't think there is a list. It's too convenient and sounds like something from a movie. But after numerous conversations with players last night they are convinced such a list exists.
It can't be overstated the damage such a list could do to the NFL. If it is 10 to 20 players that's not an insignificant amount. If it was later determined that players on that list never failed drug tests it would also put the league's drug testing program in question.
So, yes, such a list would be very, very bad.
No wonder so many in the league are panicking.