Texans LB Brian Cushing Suspended Four Games
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Houston Linebacker Brian Cushing, will be suspended for four games for violating the leagues performance-enhancing substances policy, according to the USA Today.
Cushing will be eligible to participate in training camp and the preseason, but will have to sit out the first four games of the season beginning September 4th.
ESPN has reported that the illegal substances included steroids. Cushing appealed the decision but lost.
Steroid rumors have followed Cushing since he attended USC and apparently, came to a head at the 2009 draft combine, causing several teams to shy away from drafting him. At the time, Cushing said, “You know, people want to say that all the time, but you can ask anyone I know. I’m the hardest working guy on the team, and people can just say whatever they want.”
“We were disappointed to learn that Brian has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season,’” Texan GM Rick Smith said in a written statement. “Brian is a productive member of our team and this is a significant loss, but we have to be prepared to win without him.”
Cushing was one of only three rookies to make the Pro Bowl on 2009.