The Texans will be without third-year receiver Jaelen Strong for their regular-season opener against the Jaguars.
Strong, a third-round pick from Arizona State in the 2015 NFL Draft, was suspended one game by the NFL for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Strong had initially appealed the suspension, which was upheld on Thursday.
The suspension stems from a marijuana possession charge in February of 2016. Strong said he is disappointed by the suspension, but that he has matured and learned from his mistake.
Strong will be eligible to play in Houston’s final two preseason games against the Saints and Cowboys. He will then not be allowed at the team’s facility until after the Sept. 10 opener. Strong, who has 28 career receptions for 292 yards and three touchdowns — all coming as a rookie — can return to the team facility on Sept. 11, three days before a Thursday night game against the Bengals.
According to Seahawks beat writer Gregg Ball, Carroll’s assessment that Kaepernick is a starting QB is the exact reason why they didn’t sign him.
Kaepernick’s free agency has been a hot-button issue this offseason as fans and analysts wonder why he’s still without a team. He played respectably last season, and several other quarterbacks with poorer stat lines have found a home since.
The Seahawks have been the only team so far to even give him a workout this year, and heading into training camp, it could end up being too late for Kaepernick this season.