Cushing suspended 10 games for PED violation

Brian Cushing Texans

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances, the team announced.

Cushing was in the concussion protocol this week and had already been ruled out for the Thursday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

This is Cushing's second suspension for performance enhancing drugs. He is also just one of four players in college football history, along with Archie Griffin, to start in four different Rose Bowl games.

The former USC great was a first-round pick in 2009 and has played his entire National Football League career with the Texans.

In Week 2, the Texans will have to recoup quickly as they're playing on a short week.

The Texans should be able to compete for a division championship even without Cushing for most of the season, but they can't have many more games like Week 1. Defensive end J.J. Watt, outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney, and Cushing helped make up a unit that always has them in the hunt for the AFC South championship.

Cushing will not appeal, according to Steinberg.?

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