Sport Texans' Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for PED violation

03:06  14 september  2017
03:06  14 september  2017 Source:   mysanantonio.com

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The NFL has suspended Texans linebacker Brian Cushing 10 games for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. He can return to the active roster on Nov. 28, the day after Houston’s game against the Ravens. Cushing was suspended for four games for violating the PED

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Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for PEDs

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Texans starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for another violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy In '10, # Texans LB Brian Cushing was suspended 4 gms for PEDs . The 10 - game hit is for his 2nd. A 3rd suspension would be for at least 2 yrs.

If the Houston Texans are going to make their third straight playoff appearance, they are going to have to do it without one of their best players and team leaders for most of the season. Linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games for his second violation of the NFL’s policy on PEDs

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended by the NFL for 10 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, a major blow to the NFL's top-ranked defense from a year ago.

This marks the second performance-enhancing drug suspension for the 6-3, 255-pound former USC standout and New Jersey native has been hit with since being drafted in the first round by the Texans in 2009.

There was no immediate comment from Cushing or his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on the NFL punishment. A statement is expected soon on Cushing's behalf from his Denver-based attorney Harvey Steinberg.

Cushing was suspended for four games in 2010 for a violation of the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy.

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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended 10 games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. This is the second career PED suspension for Cushing , who served four games to open the 2010 season.

Brian Cushing failed another PED test, and the questions about his legacy now become sort of complicated.

Cushing, who had 65 tackles in 13 starts last season and underwent shoulder surgery during the offseason, is eligible to return to the active roster following a Nov. 27 road game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Cushing is due a nonguaranteed base salary of $6.756 million this season and has a $9.319 million salary-cap figure. He forfeits 10 game checks, costing him $3.97 million at a rate of$397,411 per week.

He's due a nonguaranteed $8.5 million salary in 2018 with a $9.7 million salary-cap figure and a $9.5 million salary and salary-cap figure in 2019.

At the time of his first suspension, the former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year said in a statement that he had tested positive for a non-steroidal banned substance. An appeal was unsuccessful.

"I believe we presented compelling evidence during the appeal process to challenge the test results, and I disagree with and am disappointed by the suspension," Cushing said in the statement at the time. "Bound by the decision of the league, I regret the situation it presents to the Texans' organization, my teammates, and our fans.

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Brian Cushing failed another PED test, and the questions about his legacy now become sort of complicated.

Texans lose Brian Cushing for 10 games after second PEDs violation . Cushing previously was suspended four games in 2010 for testing positive for HCG, a fertility drug that was on the NFL's banned-substances list.

Cushing had already been ruled out for this game with a concussion. The Texans drafted former Vanderbilt All-Southeastern Conference linebacker Zach Cunningham in the second round. The Texans plan to use Cunningham and undrafted rookie Dylan Cole in place of Cushing, starting Thursday night in a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Cushing is a former Pro Bowl selection who's frequently been characterized as the heart and soul of the defense by coach Bill O'Brien.

When he was entering the NFL, Cushing repeatedly denied unconfirmed rumors of performance-enhancing drug use that had followed him ever since his high school days at Bergen Catholic where he was an All-American and the New Jersey High School Player of the Year.

"I've passed every drug test out there and still have," Cushing said in 2009 upon being drafted by the Texans after an All-American and All-Pac-12 career at USC. "I'm not that kind of guy."

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