Frustrating season ends in suspension for Graham

The NFL suspended Texans offensive lineman DeMingo Graham four games Wednesday for using a banned substance.

Graham, who started 11 games at left guard before losing his job to Cameron Spikes, will miss the final two games of this season and the first two games of next year.

Graham will lose nearly $66,000 of his $525,000 contract with the Texans this season.

Graham reportedly tested positive for ephedrine, a common stimulant found in some government-approved food and drinks that the NFL banned as of July 1 because it can cause seizures, strokes or even death.

Graham said he remembered accepting a "refresher drink" offered to him by a teammate in October. He was randomly tested the following day.

"He's upset with himself that he wasn't more careful," agent Alan Herman said.

Offensive tackle Tarlos Thomas will replace Graham on the offensive line.

Graham started all 16 games last year for the San Diego Chargers after joining the team in 1998 as an undrafted free agent. He struggled with the rest of the Texans offensive line this season and was among the team leaders in penalties.

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