Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for PEDs


The Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended 10 games on Wednesday for PED use, the team announced.

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.