Ravens senior vice president for public and community relations Kevin Byrne said the team was aware of the inspections after seeing the various media reports. Byrne said that, to his knowledge, the Ravens’ medical staff has not been questioned.
The inspections are the result of a class-action lawsuit, filed in San Francisco in May by a group of former NFL players, which alleges that the league illegally provided prescription pills and painkillers, ignoring potential health risks to keep players on the field.
Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin and White, a Baltimore-based law firm, filed the suit on behalf of eight retired players, after investigating the allegations for more than a year.
"The NFL has supported a drug culture that has provided dangerous painkillers and anti-inflammatories for free to players for years with no warnings as to their side effects or the dangers of mixing them together and with alcohol," said Steve Silverman, a partner at the firm.
San Francisco 49ers spokesman Bob Lange told ESPN that the inspections were “random checks of team physicians as they travel to see if anyone is transporting controlled substances across state lines. The 49ers' medical staff complied, and the team departed the stadium as scheduled.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said that teams cooperated with the DEA and “we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found."