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Injured Dolphin won't miss any games

NEW YORK -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver David Boston was suspended by the NFL for four games for testing positive for steroids, but he will not miss any games because he is out for the
season with a knee injury.

Boston, however, will lose $1.34 million, one-fourth of his
$5.35 million salary.

"I am very disappointed that the NFL denied my appeal," Boston said in a statement. "I did not take any anabolic steroids but it was decided that I tested for a related substance. I am optimistic that further medical evaluation will explain this positive test and vacate my suspension."

The suspension also means Boston can be subject to more
stringent testing for steroids under the NFL program. The league
has random testing, but this means he can be tested without notice
at any time.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Boston could face a possible 24 tests per year.

Last week, he pleaded innocent to assault charges in Burlington,
Vt. He was accused of striking a ticket attendant at Burlington
International Airport in October.

The Arizona 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.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.