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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Duane Brown
Less than three weeks before the season kicks off, the NFL and the NFL Referees Association are no closer to an agreement to end the lockout of the officials.
Houston left tackle Duane Brown was suspended for four games Tuesday for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing drugs, joining Texans linebacker Brian Cushing on the sideline for the same offense.
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The long shadows of a troubled spring may not be entirely eradicated from the Virginia Tech campus, but they don't hold up under the blazing August afternoon sun of fall practice.
"It's bad that tragedy would bring this much attention to us, but it's good that people are behind us and recognize us and are really rooting for us," Brown said. "We like having that responsibility and the added fans — it's kind of hard to say this is good, because it came from a tragic event, but we don't mind it. ... We know the lights are going to be on us and we're going to have a lot of media attention."
Brown said he would not appeal the suspension, meaning his first game back will be Nov. 1 at Indianapolis.