James Hird. Photo: Penny Stephens
One of the lawyers who has acted for James Hird through the supplements saga, Steven Amendola, told Fairfax Media on Thursday night that the Essendon coach had not received a show-cause notice from ASADA.
Amendola said he could not comment further.
Hird is set to leave Australia this Sunday to begin a course at an elite graduate business school in France, INSEAD, and is expected to remain overseas with his family until mid-year.
Essendon footballer Dyson Heppell suggested on Thursday night that the collective mindset of the Bombers playing group is that the matter in general is out of their hands.
Heppell was one of 12 current Essendon players named in a recent News Corp report as having told ASADA in interviews last year that he believed he'd been injected with either AOD-9604 or Thymosin or both.
On that matter, he told Channel Nine: "Really we're moving on from it ... [it's] really out of our control, but obviously very disappointing on my behalf, and also as a club, and I think as an AFL [group] in general."
Heppell said he did not fear potential health implications of Essendon's supplements program: "From all the resources and the research that's been done into it I've no fears of health issues down the track.
"It was obviously a pretty tough time throughout the course of last year, but the family are fine. They're going really well with it and it really hasn't fazed them."
Essendon's 2014 season begins on Friday week, with a round one match against North Melbourne.