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Updated: July 4, 2003, 12:45 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Michael Pittman's probation revocation hearing has been scheduled for July 21, three days after the Bucs are to report for training camp. Pittman's attorney told the Tampa Tribune he will seek a continuance in an effort to keep Pittman on the field. Attorney Joel Thompson said he is confident the continuance will be granted. However, if his probation is revoked, Pittman could spend six months in jail awaiting trial on the charges stemming from a May 31 domestic incident. Pittman was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and faces a July 30 pretrial conference on those charges. If convicted, he could be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of five to 15 years for each count.

Drug testing: The league will not be reducing the penalty for players who test positive for ephedra or other banned substances in dietary supplements, NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis confirmed Thursday. The penalty for a first positive test will continue to be a four-game suspension without pay, despite attempts by NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw to negotiate a lighter sentence. Because the rule is part of the collective bargaining agreement, both sides would have to agree for changes to occur, and the NFL isn't budging.


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