National Football League suspends Texans' Brian Cushing 10-games for violating PED policy

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2017

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, the team announced.

Cushing, who blamed overtraining for his positive test seven years ago, will be able to return to the Texans' active roster following the team's November 27 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Even with Cushing, they had a tough season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for his second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Cushing, drafted 15th overall in 2009 by the Texans, has always been dogged by rumors of steroid usage, going back to his high school and college days.

The Texans should be able to compete for a division championship even without Cushing for most of the season, but they can't have many more games like Week 1.

With Cushing suspended until Week 13, Houston's coaching staff will turn to rookie linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole to fill the void opposite starting inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney.

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