Texans lose Brian Cushing for 10 games after second PEDs violation

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has received a 10-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, the team announced Wednesday.

Cushing will be eligible to return to Houston's active roster on November 28, ahead of the team's game that week against the Baltimore Ravens.

In a statement to ESPN, Cushing's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said the veteran linebacker "is aware of the negative impact he has had on his team and most important his fans".

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Just like the first time, Cushing is being punished for a violation of the league's performance enhancing substance policy. He served a four game suspension in 2011.

Cushing's suspension comes following the Texans' 29-7 blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and made his only Pro Bowl.

Cushing still has two years remaining on his contract following the 2017 season but his deal includes an opt-clause next offseason, according to Spotrac. Cole, in his rookie season out of Missouri State, was signed by the Texans as an un-drafted free agent in May and did not appear in Sunday's season opener.

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