The Houston Texans just received a big blow to their defensive front.
Veteran linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games for his second PED violation. Cushing was originally punished back in 2010 for violating the league policy, which at the time he blamed on 'over-training'.
Texans LB Brian Cushing suspended without pay for team’s next 10 games for violating NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 13, 2017
Cushing's long history with PEDs is concerning, and at this point you have to wonder if the team would be wise to move on from the veteran.
After leaving the Texans' Week 1 game with a concussion, Cushing's status for Houston's next contest was up in the air already, prior to this bombshell. Now, he'll be forced out of action for much, much longer.
Cushing has now been suspended for PED's more times than Kaepernick threw interceptions last year https://t.co/M5TEv7eFaC— EppyBen (@EppyBen) September 13, 2017
It'll be interesting to see how Cushing responds to this latest suspension, and if he'll appeal. His complicated history would favor the league in any hypothetical case, but 10 games is a severe enough punishment to at least draw some ire from the NFLPA.
Taking you back to Brian Cushing' USC days transformation pic.twitter.com/iXpDMqfVD4— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 13, 2017
It's going to be a long, long comeback for this former USC standout.