Texans’ Jaelen Strong loses appeal

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Houston Texans’ wide receiver Jaelen Strong will be forced to miss the first game of the season.

Earlier this week, Houston Texans’ wide receiver Jaelen Strong appealed the one-game suspension that the  NFL handed him for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

News came out on Thursday that Strong’s appeal was denied and he will in fact serve a one-game suspension. This of course means he will miss the Texans’ opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Strong’s violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy stems from when he was arrested in 2016 for possession of marijuana.

Not only will Strong miss out on playing in Houston’s season -opener, but he will also forfeit his game check of $40,294 for week one.

Strong will be eligible to return to the Texans on September 11th.

This is a tough break for Strong who has looked good this summer and has a chance to become a starter with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller all dealing with injuries.

The good news for the Texans is that former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Bruce Ellington has come in and made an immediate impact in the preseason.

Hopefully Ellington can keep it up and help a team that has a wide receiving corp that’s been depleted by injuries.

Ellington is an explosive receiver that could end up being an upgrade over both Strong and Fuller as long as he’s able to prove that last week’s performance against the New England Patriots wasn’t a fluke.

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