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Washington Football Team facility raided by federal law enforcement, head trainer under investigation

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Sep 26, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of the helmet belonging to Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Days before the Washington Football Team faced the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4, federal law enforcement reportedly raided the team’s facilities as part of an investigation into trainer Ryan Vermillion.

NBC Sports’ JP Finlay reported Monday that federal agents conducted a raid at the Inova Sports Performance Center in Loudoun County, Virginia. Ryan Vermillion, the team’s director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer, is under criminal investigation.

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According to Finlay’s colleague Grant Paulsen, the federal investigation started months ago. One Washington Football Team player indicated that a federal agent reached out to him in the spring with questions about Vermillion’s practices.

Washington released a statement following the news of the raid.

“Ryan Vermillion has been placed on administrative leave due to an ongoing criminal investigation that is unrelated to the team.”

Washington Football Team statement on the raid, criminal investigation into Ryan Vermillion, via NBC Sports.

Vermillion joined Washington’s staff in 2020, coming over from the Carolina Panthers. He previously spent 21 seasons serving as Carolina’s head athletic trainer, including nine seasons working with Rivera.

Washington’s head athletic trainer did not travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Falcons. Now on administrative leave, his assistant will handle on-field injuries during games and practices.