Chargers’ Corey Liuget sues trainer over NFL suspension

Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget (94) grabs the face mask of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) for a 15-yard penalty during the first half of a preseason game on Aug. 11 in Glendale, Ariz.
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The Chargers’ Corey Liuget is suing his former trainer over a failed performance-enhancing drug test that resulted in the defensive tackle’s current four-game suspension.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, says Ian Danney — without Liuget’s knowledge — injected him with a substance banned by the NFL.

Liuget contends that Danney told him he was using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory to treat pain following a game last season. The suit also alleges Danney gave Liuget another product that required a prescription that Liuget did not have.


Liuget is seeking no less than $15 million in damages because of lost wages, pain and suffering. A statement from his representatives also said Liuget wants to reclaim his reputation.

A message left with Danney’s Arizona-based office was not returned Tuesday.

Liuget was suspended for the first time in his career in March and is eligible to return for the Chargers’ game Oct. 7 against Oakland.


The Chargers signed offensive lineman Spencer Drango to their practice squad. Drango, 25, appeared in 32 games with 19 starts for Cleveland the past two seasons.

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