Titans FB Ahmard Hall suspended for 4 games by NFL

By TERESA M. WALKER | September 3, 2011 | 8:00 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee fullback Ahmard Hall says his NFL suspension for using performance-enhancing substances is the result of a stimulant he took to stay awake on a drive from Nashville to Texas in February.

He will sit out four games without pay in a suspension announced Saturday along with the Titans' roster moves.

In text messages to The Associated Press, the former Marine says he has never taken steroids and that teammates, coaches and team officials know he took a stimulant. He says he was tested the next day at his home and appealed the decision in March. He says he learned Saturday that his appeal had been denied.

Hall will return to the active roster Oct. 3 after the Titans play the Cleveland Browns.