Houston Texans

Cushing suspended 10 games for PED violation

Second suspension of nine-year career


Houston linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. It’s the second violation of his career. 

The veteran will be suspended for 10 games and will be eligible to return to action on Nov. 28 when the Texans take on the Ravens. 

He was popped for PEDs in 2010 and missed three games after winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year the season prior. The NFL rule for the suspensions is 10 games on the player’s second offense and at least two years on the third. 

Cushing wasn’t going to play on Thursday night when the Texas travel to play the Cincinnati Bengals due to a concussion sustained in the season-opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday. 

He made three tackles in the opener. 

Rookies Zach Cunningham, a second round pick from Vanderbilt, and Dylan Cole will pick up the slack in his absence.