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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Black and Blue all over: StarCaps case takes step

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Thursday marks the next step in the legal case of Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, who are suing the NFL to overturn their four-game suspensions after testing positive for a banned substance last summer.

A motion for summary judgment will be heard in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, a hearing that essentially asks Judge Paul Magnuson if he is willing to decide the case based on the information he already has. If he does, the case could conceivably end Thursday. If not, the trial will remain scheduled for June 15.

Quick review: Both players reportedly ingested bumetanide through a weight-loss supplement known as StarCaps. Bumetanide is banned because it can serve a masking agent to avoid the detection of steroid use. The players are suing on the grounds that the NFL didn't properly warn them of its knowledge of StarCaps' true ingredients.

Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press produced a package of stories Thursday on the topic, including this one on the background of celebrity/socialite Nikki Haskell, who marketed StarCaps.

We'll do our best to keep you updated throughout the day as we navigate through a few top-secret meetings. Continuing around the NFC North: