Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for the second time in his National Football League career.
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.
The former USC great was a first-round pick in 2009 and has played his entire National Football League career with the Texans.
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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.As a result, he earned defensive rookie of the year honors.
In 2011, he was named second-team All-Pro.
In his ninth season out of USC, Brian Cushing accounted for three combined tackles in Houston's 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday.
With all of the Texans troubles at quarterback in the franchise's short history, their defense has been a stabilizing presence in recent years. A statement is expected soon on Cushing's behalf from his Denver-based attorney Harvey Steinberg. Houston will go on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday with both teams looking for their first win of the season.