Texans' Duane Brown suspended 4 games

HOUSTON Brown's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Texans' active roster on Monday, October 18 following the team's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs the day before.

Brown released a statement Tuesday saying:

    "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. I vow to learn from this mistake and be a better player and teammate because of it."

Texans GM Rick Smith said he was disappointed in the suspension.

"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," Smith said.

Brown is the second Texans player to violate the NFL policy. Linebacker Brian Cushing is already halfway through serving a four-game suspension for testing positive during the 2009 season. Cushing is eligible to return on Monday, October 4, after the Texans play in Oakland.

The Texans, off to an exciting 2-0 start this season, host their in-state rival, the Dallas Cowboys, on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

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