Upon learning that Houston’s Brett Hartmann has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance enhancers, that was my primary reaction.
What does a punter need performance enhancers for?
Both John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston have the report.
Hartmann was injured reserve at the end of the season, and the penalty came down during the Texans playoff push. He technically served the first game of his four-game suspension for the playoff loss in Baltimore.
Said the league in a statement, via Berman:
"Brett Hartmann of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Hartmann, whose suspension started with the team's Divisional Playoff game, will be eligible to return to the Texans' active roster on the day after the team's third regular-season game of the 2012 season.
"Hartmann is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games."
Hartmann has a pretty good leg, so I wouldn’t imagine he was trying to bulk up. More likely, he did something in an effort to speed up his recovery.