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Texans WR Jaelen Strong Officially Suspended One Game For Substances Abuse Violation

Ian Rapoport reports that Texans WR Jaelen Strong has officially been suspended for the first game of the 2017 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Strong was appealing the one-game suspension handed down by the NFL for a 2016 marijuana arrest. However, it appears Strong’s appeal was denied.

Back in February of last year, Strong was arrested for marijuana possession along with Packers CB Damarious Randall. Strong admitted to police that the marijuana was his and agreed to a diversion program in order to avoid criminal charges.

Strong, 23, was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL draft by the Texans. He’s in the third year of his four-year, $3.281 million rookie contract that included $820,338 guaranteed.

Strong stands to make base salaries of $615,000 (2017), and $705,000 (2018) over the remainder of the contract.

In 2016, Strong appeared in eight games for the Texans and recorded 14 receptions for 131 yards receiving.