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LT Brown Suspended Four Games for PED Violation

The Associated Press broke the news today that the Houston Texans starting left tackle Duane Brown will serve an immediate four game supspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.  Brown admitted he used a supplement not knowing it included an NFL-banned substance under the NFL Performance Enhancing Drug Policy.  General manager Rick Smith said on Brown’s suspension:

“We are disappointed that Duane Brown has been suspended.  This is a significant blow to our team. Our players have to understand that they are responsible for what goes into their bodies and that they take risks anytime they use a supplement not approved by the NFL.”

Duane Brown said in a statement that he did not know the supplement contained a banned substance:

“First off, I want to personally apologize to Mr. McNair, coach Kubiak and the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates, family and to all the great and loyal Texans fans.  I take full responsibility for putting myself in this situation.  I unknowingly took a supplement tainted with a banned substance and now have to deal with the consequences. After reviewing the appeal process and speaking with legal counsel, I have decided not to appeal my suspension. I understand the rules and accept my punishment.”

Brown has started every game at left tackle for the Texans since they drafted him in 2008.  The team will certainly miss his presence come the next four Sundays, two of which overlap Cushing’s suspension.  It will be a great opportunity for utility tackle Rashad Butler.  John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the Texans will sign former Texan tackle Ephraim Salaam to fill Butler’s role with the team.


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