Texans' Cushing suspended 10 games without pay

Texans' Brian Cushing suspended 10 games by NFL for performance enhancing drug use

Texans' Brian Cushing suspended 10 games by NFL for performance enhancing drug use

Brian Cushing is set to miss the majority of the his team's games this season.

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

Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has received a 10-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, the team announced Wednesday.

There was no immediate comment from Cushing or his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, on the National Football League punishment.

Once one of the better young defensive players in the game, one has to wonder if Cushing's career has run its course.

Cushing, 30, received a four-game suspension in 2010 for his first violation of the league's PED policy, and he is now in the NFL's concussion protocol following Week 1.

Cushing burst onto the scene after the Texans drafted him 15th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.

He made three tackles in the opener.

It's a significant blow to a Houston team that was routed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.

Cushing is due a nonguaranteed base salary of $6.756 million this season and has a $9.319 million salary-cap figure. The Texans plan to use Cunningham and undrafted rookie Dylan Cole in place of Cushing, starting Thursday night in a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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