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Broncos’ Brown Reportedly Faces Ban

February 10, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos tackle Cyron Brown is expected to be suspended one year for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, The Denver Post reported Thursday.

An appeal by Brown, a repeat offender, is expected to be rejected, according to unnamed sources cited by the Post.

Team officials declined comment Wednesday. Brown couldn’t be reached for comment. His attorney, Joseph M. Coletta, didn’t return phone calls, the Post reported.

Brown was suspended in October for four games for violating the substance-abuse policy. NFL officials would not comment on the violation because the information is confidential under the players’ union contract.

Team officials said they did not know what Brown did to violate the policy, but was the first Bronco to do so.

His agent had said Brown’s suspension was the result of failing to take drug tests rather than using any substances.

After the suspension, the 24-year-old Brown said the time away from football gave him perspective.

Brown joined the Broncos as a rookie free agent in 1998. In two seasons with Denver, Brown played in 11 games and made 10 tackles.

The NFL’s substance-abuse policy says a first violation results in an evaluation and entrance into the league’s substance-abuse testing program. A second violation brings a warning and a fine. A four-game suspension follows a third infraction.

A fourth violation results in a yearlong ban, typically announced after a player’s appeal is decided.

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