Houston Texans Punter Brett Hartmann Suspended For Violating NFL Substance Abuse Policy

The NFL has suspended Houston Texans punter Brett Hartmann for the first three games of the 2012 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

According to The Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the NFL has suspended Houton Texans punter Brett Hartmann for four games due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. However, since Hartmann was injured and did not play in the team's last playoff game, the league has credited his suspension with that game, so he only has to sit out the first three games of the 2012 season.

Harmann was an undrafted rookie heading into the 2011 season and as a rookie he averaged 44.4 yards per punt, which was the highest per punt average in the franchise's history. It was also the 16th highest yards per punt average by a rookie in the NFL's history. Last year the team turned to veteran Matt Turk in Hartmann's absence so they may do the same in 2012.

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