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Posted: Sunday, September 4, 2011 12:43 pm | Updated: 8:07 pm, Sun Sep 4, 2011.

(AP) — A man has been found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at the home of Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith.

Fort Bend County sheriff's spokesman Bob Haenel (HAY'-nuhl) says the suspected drowning was reported about 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Smith's home just north of the Houston suburb of Richmond. He says foul play is not suspected, but an autopsy has been ordered.

Haenel said the dead man was reportedly a 37-year-old family friend of Smith's from the nearby suburb of Katy, and Smith had hosted a birthday party Saturday night.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Smith is about to start his eighth season, and third with the Texans. He's started 31 of 32 games for Houston since signing with the team as a free agent before the 2009 season. Smith was originally a fifth-round pick by Arizona in the 2004 draft out of Oklahoma State.

"We are aware of the situation," Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement Sunday. "We are gathering facts and have no further comment at this time."

The Texans open the regular season against Indianapolis on Sunday.

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