CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL and the NFL Players Association has released a joint statement saying an independent administrator found Panthers safety Eric Reid received the "normal" number of drug tests this season and he was not the subject of targeting by the league.

The statement says "there is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing."

Reid said in December he had been tested seven times by the NFL. He said the league was targeting him because of the ongoing collusion case against the NFL alleging that team owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice.

However, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Reid was not tested that many times. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of confidentiality of the case.

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