While Eric Reid is "not surprised" he's been drug tested by the NFL six times in the past 11 weeks, his Carolina Panthers teammates and coaches are growing increasingly annoyed at the frequency of the league's "random" drug testing policy.

Coach Ron Rivera quipped Thursday at his news conference that "if my name came up that many times I would buy a lottery ticket."

Carolina wide receiver Torrey Smith added, "it's very excessive."

"I don't think there's any secret about it that something is wrong with that," said Smith, who noted that he has been tested "two or three times" this season in 15 weeks.

Reid said he has taken seven drug tests in all (one was mandatory) since signing with Carolina on Sept. 27, fined three times for illegal hits totaling nearly $50,000 and ejected once.

The sixth-year safety believes it all stems from his pending collusion case against the NFL that alleges owners conspired to keep him out of the league for kneeling alongside former San Francisco 49ers teammate Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest social and racial injustice.

Gurley plans to play

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley expects to play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in spite of a knee injury.

Gurley did not practice Thursday as he deals with inflammation in his knee that flared up in the 30-23 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday night. Gurley, who leads the NFL with 21 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns, does not expect to practice before the Rams travel to Arizona.

However, Gurley was adamant he would play provided he gets medical clearance to do so.

Gleason up for honor

Federal lawmakers have passed legislation to award former New Orleans Saints and Washington State football player Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.

The legislation, which now awaits a signature from President Donald Trump, seeks to honor the 41-year-old Gleason's work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. He has spearheaded efforts through the Team Gleason foundation to develop and provide technology to help ALS patients live longer, more fulfilling lives.

Around the league

The Carolina Panthers placed outside linebacker Shaq Thompson on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The team signed undrafted rookie quarterback Kyle Allen to the active roster from the practice squad. … The Tennessee Titans placed running back David Fluellen on injured reserve and filled his roster spot by promoting linebacker Nigel Harris from the practice squad. Fluellen had missed the past five games with an injured knee.