Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended 10 games by NFLSeptember 13, 2017 10:27pm

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancers policy.

It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy, testing positive for a fertility drug. Cushing had won 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, an honor which was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press' awards panel.

Currently in the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in Houston's opening loss to Jacksonville, Cushing will be eligible to return on Nov. 28.

Cushing has had a checkered career since his sensational rookie season. Injuries curtailed the 2012 and '13 seasons, when he got into a total of 12 games. He's never come close to matching his first-year production of 86 tackles, 47 assists, four sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.

The 2009 defensive rookie revote came after Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's banned substance list. He had one positive test from a urine sample taken in September 2009, then subsequently tested negative several times.

But when his suspension was announced the following May, the AP called for another ballot. Cushing didn't receive anywhere near the 39 votes of his previous landslide victory, but the 18 he got were enough to reclaim the honor.

In the revote, Cushing finished five votes ahead of then-Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III got 12, then-Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned three votes, and then-St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

Three voters abstained.

The 30-year-old Cushing would not have suited up in Thursday night's game at Cincinnati because of his concussion. Now, the Texans must wait two more months for his return.


For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

Page 1 of 1

More Stories Like This

FANTASY PLAYS: Thompson, Perine and other Week 2 waiver gemsFANTASY PLAYS: Thompson, Perine and other Week 2 waiver gems
This is a 2017 photo of Vic Beasley Jr. of the Atlanta Falcons NFL football team. This image reflects the Atlanta Falcons active roster as of Monday, June 12, 2017 when this image was taken. Beasley has a hamstring strain and is ruled out for at least this week’s game at Detroit. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn declined to say if last year’s NFL sacks leader will be out longer than this week. Quinn did say Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 that it’s too early to tell if right tackle Ryan Schraeder will be sidelined against the Lions with a concussion. He and Beasley did not return after getting injured in Sunday’s 34-23 victory over Green Bay. (AP Photo)
Falcons pass rusher Beasley sidelined with hamstring strain
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, right, and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib exchange jerseys after an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Denver. The Broncos won 42-17. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Texas judge denies NFL bid to reinstate Elliott suspension
Judge: NFL concussion victims hit with 'deceptive practices'A federal judge overseeing the NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement with former players says she's concerned about "deceptive practices" by claims service providers, lenders and other groups seeking a share of the money
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) and Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib leave the field after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Denver. The Broncos won 42-17. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Broncos' 42-17 crushing of Cowboys shows they're back
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes under pressure from New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor (57) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
ICYMI in NFL Week 2: Lots of empty seats at 2 games in LA

Related Searches

Related Searches