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Jaelen Strong To Appeal League Suspension

The Texans’ wide receiver is set to appeal his one-game suspension.

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The Texans’ wide receiver corps has suffered a big injury hit already this off-season with the loss of second-year receiver Will Fuller. Fuller might not be the only receiver to miss playing time, with Jaelen Strong slated to serve a one-game suspension in the Texans opener against the Jaguars.

Per John McClain:

Strong is appealing his NFL-mandated one-game suspension for an arrest on a marijuana possession charge in February of 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

If Strong loses his appeal, he'll be suspended for the Texans' first regular season game Sept. 10 against Jacksonville, according to those familiar with his situation.

Houston fans will recall that Strong was arrested during a traffic stop before last season began, along with Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall.

Upon his arrest, Strong gave police a cigar box with three marijuana cigarettes. He later agreed to enter a drug diversion program and undergo counseling to get the charge dropped.

A decision regarding Strong’s appeal should be handed down sometime next week, according to McClain.

If the appeal fails, the Texans would be without Strong and Fuller for the season opener against Jacksonville, leaving DeAndre Hopkins and presumably Braxton Miller as the two starting wide receivers. What do you make of this news?

UPDATE: Strong lost his appeal and won’t be in uniform when the Texans host the Jaguars Week One.