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Injured receiver appealing positive test

NEW YORK -- Miami Dolphins receiver David Boston, who has
missed the entire season with a knee injury, is appealing a
four-game suspension after testing positive for steroids, the Miami Herald reports.

Neither the NFL nor the Dolphins would comment on the report.

Boston, obtained by Miami in a trade with San Diego in the
offseason, injured his knee in August and is on injured reserve.

Boston pleaded no contest to a charge of driving under the
influence of drugs in March 2002 while playing for Arizona. Signed
by San Diego in the 2003 offseason, Boston was suspended for one
game last year for conduct detrimental to the team.

He was arrested in October in Vermont, where he is
rehabilitating, on charges of assaulting an airport gate agent. He
is scheduled to appear in court on that charge this month.

The Cardinals' first draft choice in 1999, Boston's best season
was 2001, when he had 98 receptions for 1,598 yards and eight
touchdowns. After signing with the Chargers before last season, he
had 70 catches for 880 yards and seven scores, but was dealt for a
sixth-round draft choice because of run-ins with coach Marty
Schottenheimer.