Brown suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy

ST. LOUIS -- Rams cornerback Fakhir Brown was suspended
Friday for the first four games next season for violating the NFL's
substance abuse policy.

Fakhir Brown


The league didn't reveal the specific nature of the violation.
Brown's agent, Ted Marchibroda, didn't immediately return a phone
call seeking comment.

Brown's suspension will begin Aug. 31 and he can return to the
active roster on Oct. 1, following the Rams' game Sept. 30 against
the Dallas Cowboys. He is allowed to participate in preseason games
and practice.

Brown, 29, started 14 games for the Rams last season. He tied
for the team high with three interceptions and had one sack. He
missed two games with an ankle injury. He signed a five-year deal
as a free agent with the Rams in 2006 after spending his first four
NFL seasons with New Orleans.