Brian Cushing Popped for PEDs Again, Suspended 10 Games


Linebacker Brian Cushing was already going to miss Thursday night’s game against the Bengals with a concussion (as are four other Texans), but it looks like he’ll be out of commission longer than expected after violating the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy. Texans PR tweeted this afternoon Cushing is suspended 10 games without pay and won’t be back until late November:

The NFL has released the following statement on @HoustonTexans ILB Brian Cushing:

— Texans PR (@TexansPR) September 13, 2017

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Cushing violated this policy back in 2014 and was suspended four games. He blamed overtraining at the time (via ESPN):

The Houston Texans asked the NFL to reduce or rescind the four-game suspension given to star linebacker Brian Cushing on Monday, saying he has a unique medical condition stemming from something called overtrained athlete syndrome.

Cushing described the condition after Monday morning’s practice. He said the syndrome can trigger hormonal spikes after breaks in training, explaining why he would have tested positive for a fertility drug last September — a drug he said he never took.

“I think that’s the final diagnosis we came up with,” he said, “and a lot of doctors have supported why this has happened.”

B-Cush better not get caught again…

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

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017

Hopefully the Texans have enough players on Thursday:

Rarity: #Texans inactives are done: Jeff Allen, Stephen Anderson, Alfred Blue, Brian Cushing, Bruce Ellington, Will Fuller, Ryan Griffin—OUT

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 13, 2017

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