Around the NFC West: Quick PED break

May, 20, 2013
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Good morning, NFC West. Here's hoping you made it through the weekend without testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.



Alas, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin's four-game suspension remains the No. 1 topic for conversation around here.

The timing of the announcement -- Friday afternoon on the West Coast -- appeared straight from the old public-relations handbook for minimizing a negative story. It also provided time over the weekend to dig a little deeper. I'll be back in a bit with a piece providing context for the sizable list of PED-related suspensions affecting the Seahawks in recent seasons.

For now, let's take a walk on the lighter side with Michael Crabtree of the San Francisco 49ers. David Fucillo of Niners Nation recently found on 49ersspin.com and re-posted video showing the NFC West's leading receiver from 2012 getting taken for a ride -- in a good way.

This is pretty funny stuff from Crabtree and host Dave Dameshek of NFL.com. Crabtree hasn't always seemed comfortable in interview settings. Dameshek's light, irreverent approach had Crabtree laughing along. Crabtree sang portions of the theme song from "The Jeffersons" at one point while riding along in a car driven by Dameshek.

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