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Rams’ Horne Suspended Four Games

October 20, 1999

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) _ Sharon Whittington looked up from the Frontier Airlines ticket counter where she was working Friday at Baltimore-Washington International Airport to see her son, Spc. Adrian Dupree, in front of her.

As far as Whittington knew, Dupree was still serving with his Army Reserve unit in Iraq. His arrival as part of the first wave in the military’s largest home leave program since the Vietnam War was a surprise.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis Rams receiver Tony Horne, who returned kickoffs for touchdowns in each of the last two games, was suspended for four games by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

No additional details were released in a two-sentence statement from the NFL. A call Tuesday night to the Rams wasn’t immediately returned.

Horne answered an Atlanta touchdown with a 101-yard return Sunday, giving the Rams (5-0) a 14-7 lead. A week earlier, his 97-yard return was St. Louis’ final touchdown in a blowout of San Francisco.

Horne, who played at Clemson, was named the Rams’ most productive special teams player as a rookie last season. He had 56 kickoff returns for 1,306 yards _ a 23.3-yard average.

He will miss home games against Cleveland and Carolina, and games at Tennessee and Detroit. Horne is eligible to return for the Nov. 21 game at San Francisco.

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