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Washington Football Team trainer Ryan Vermillion subject of prescription drug probe

Aug 31, 2020; Washington, DC, United States; A view of seats in the stands wit the retired Washington Redskins logo during a Washington Football Team practice at Fedex Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2020; Washington, DC, United States; A view of seats in the stands wit the retired Washington Redskins logo during a Washington Football Team practice at Fedex Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Football Team head trainer Ryan Vermillion is being investigated for illegally distributing prescription drugs, the Washington Post and ESPN reported Thursday.

Federal law enforcement conducted a raid at the team’s practice facility and Vermillion’s home last week. On Monday, Washington placed him on administrative leave, saying in a statement it was “due to an ongoing criminal investigation that is unrelated to the team.”

Vermillion is not a physician, so by law he would not be allowed to disburse prescription drugs.

Earlier Thursday, the NFLPA informed agents that it has begun its own investigation into the matter.

“The work office and home of Ryan Vermillion were raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency, and one of our players has been contacted by federal investigators,” the memo revealed.

According to the initial report from NBC Sports Washington, the investigation into Vermillion has been ongoing for months.

Vermillion is in his second season with Washington after 18 seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He spent nine seasons with Washington coach Ron Rivera in Carolina when Rivera was coach of the Panthers from 2011-19.

–Field Level Media