Coroner: Reid died from accidental heroin overdose

Posted Oct. 18, 2012, at 7:54 p.m.

EASTON, Pa. — An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said Thursday.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid’s body. Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.

“We are confident today that Mr. Reid’s death was the result of a self-injected lethal dose of heroin,” District Attorney John Morganelli said at a news conference in Easton.

Reid was found dead in his dorm room early on Aug. 5 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was assisting the team’s strength and conditioning coach during training camp.

He was a recovering drug addict who had seemingly turned his life around. His father, Andy Reid, had indicated that his 29-year-old son may have had a relapse.

In a statement released through the Eagles, the Reid family said Garrett Reid’s smile, laugh and energy will be missed.

“These results sadly confirmed what we had expected all along,” the family’s statement said. “We understood that Garrett’s long-standing battle with addiction was going to be difficult. He will, however, always have our family’s love and respect for the courage he showed in trying to overcome it. In the end, we take comfort in our faith and know that he’s in a better place.”

Celtics sign Barbosa as preseason rolls on

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics have signed free agent guard Leandro Barbosa.

He will fill in as the backup point guard while Avery Bradley recovers from shoulder surgery.

Barbosa appeared in 64 games for Toronto and Indiana last season, averaging 11 points and 1.5 assists per game. He was the leading scorer for Brazil at the London Olympics.

Barbosa was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2006-07 with a career-best 18.1 points and four assists per game.

Starting QB vs. BYU will be game time decision

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he wants to monitor Everett Golson’s recovery from a concussion for another 48 hours before deciding who will start at quarterback against Brigham Young on Saturday.

Golson was cleared to practice Wednesday after sustaining a helmet-to-helmet hit against Stanford. Kelly says Golson is getting better, but he wants to see how he does at practice Friday and before the game Saturday. He says either Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix could start in Golson’s place.

Golson has struggled at times for the fifth-ranked Irish (6-0), but Kelly says he is making progress. Kelly says Golson had his best four plays against Stanford just before he was hurt. Tommy Rees has finished the game at quarterback in three of Notre Dame’s victories.

No surgery required for Love’s broken hand

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves got a bit of good news Thursday when doctors told All-Star Kevin Love that he wouldn’t need surgery on his broken right hand.

The bad news is they still have to figure out a way to replace his 26 points and 13 rebounds a game for the next six to eight weeks.

Love said in a statement Thursday that he broke his right hand while doing knuckle push-ups the day before in a pre-practice workout. The injury means the Wolves will be without their two best players — point guard Ricky Rubio isn’t expected back until mid-December at the earliest because of a torn ACL in his left knee — for the first month of the regular season, and possibly longer.

“Although I’m disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible,” Love said.

The situation is similar to what Wolves coach Rick Adelman had to deal with in Houston, when he lost stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming for extended stretches.

Browns’ Richardson to wear padding over rib injury

BEREA, Ohio — Trent Richardson might think he’s Superman. Just in case, the Browns are going to have him wear a flak jacket to guard his ribs.

“He’s wearing something that’s bullet proof,” cracked coach Pat Shurmur. “He told me he thought he already was.”

Richardson will be equipped with protective padding over a rib cartilage injury Sunday when the Browns play the Indianapolis Colts.

Richardson was injured in last week’s win over Cincinnati, taking a helmet to the right side in the first quarter. The injury made it difficult for Richardson to breathe, and he was taken out in the third quarter by Shurmur and team doctors before he made it worse.

The first-round draft pick was limited in practice on Thursday, but he’s expected to face the Colts (2-3), who gave up 252 rushing yards last week to the New York Jets.

Richardson said the added padding won’t change the way he plays.

“My game’s not going to be no different,” he said. “I’m still going to play physical and play hard-nosed football, smash-mouth football. That’s what I was brought up to do, and that’s how I know how to play football.”

Angels’ Pujols has minor surgery on right knee

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, and the Los Angeles Angels first baseman should be ready for the start of spring training.

The Angels on Thursday confirmed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s report on the surgery, describing it as a minor cleanup procedure.

Pujols overcame a slow start to hit .285 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs in his first season with the Angels after leaving the Cardinals for a 10-year, $240 million deal as a free agent.

The three-time NL MVP strained his right calf in late August, and was limited on the basepaths and in the field for the rest of the season. Pujols largely was a designated hitter down the stretch, and his leg injury noticeably affected his baserunning.

Diamondbacks hire Brenly as TV analyst

PHOENIX — Former Arizona manager Bob Brenly rejoined the Diamondbacks as a television analyst Thursday, a day after he left the Chicago Cubs’ broadcast crew.

The Diamondbacks also hired Steve Berthiaume to handle play-by-play duties on Fox Sports Arizona.

They replaced analyst Mark Grace and play-by-play broadcaster Daron Sutton.

Grace left voluntarily in August after his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months. Sutton was suspended on June 30 for unspecified “philosophical differences.”

The 58-year-old Brenly led Arizona to the 2001 World Series title. He was a broadcaster with the team from 1998-2000 and the manager from 2001-04. He spent the last eight seasons as a Cubs broadcaster.

Berthiaume is leaving ESPN, where he was a “Baseball Tonight” and “SportsCenter” host.

Greg Schulte is returning to his radio position after finishing the season on TV in place of Sutton.

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