Jaelen Strong will miss the season opener vs. the Jaguars due to a suspension from the NFL.
The Texans released a statement today about the suspension:
“Jaelen Strong of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Strong will be eligible to return to the Texans’ active roster on Monday, September 11 following the team's September 10 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars
Strong is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.”
Strong has been previously arrested due to marijuana in his car. This happened all the way back in February of 2016, which is surprising due to how long ago the event was. Jaelen issued a statement after the NFL made their decision:
It seems Jaelen has learned from his previous mistake that happened when he was a rookie. Strong will be missing the first game along with Will Fuller who has a hurt collarbone and is expected to miss the first 4-6 games. The Texans have already lost a good WR core due to injuries, now many players will need to step up. This certainly does not look good for Savage, who will be playing without 2 of his better receivers in camp. Miller, Hopkins and Ellington will most likely be the starting unit WR’s that will be alongside Savage to start the year. Savage may start off shaky, but his connection with Hopkins is already good. When in doubt, always throw to him.
The Texans open up the season versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 9th at 12:00PM. Make sure to keep it here for all of your latest Houston sports news!