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Old 05-07-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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The NFL announced Friday that Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing received a four-game suspension for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Cushing, the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, can practice with the team and play in preseason games. However, he will miss regular-season contests against the Indianapolis Colts (home), Washington Redskins (road), Dallas Cowboys (home) and Oakland Raiders (road). He'll be eligible to return for an Oct. 10 home game against the New York Giants.

Kevin Bentley is the backup at outside linebacker, but the Houston Chronicle reported that Zac Diles will move from the weak side to replace Cushing for four games. Xavier Adibi, a third-year veteran, or Darryl Sharpton, a fourth-round draft pick out of Miami, will take Diles' spot.

"We were disappointed to learn that Brian has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season," Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement released by the team. "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 hounded by rumors of steroid use before he became a pro, but the Texans were undeterred and drafted him 15th overall last year. They said then that they found no truth to those rumors during their draft preparations, and Cushing strongly denied at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine that he had used performance-enhancers.

"I don't understand where it is coming from," Cushing told NFL.com. "I was tested last December at USC and passed, one of several tests I have passed. I was tested this morning here at the combine and those results should be out in a couple of weeks to a month, I believe. I think people are trying to find something, anything, that would detract from what I have done on the field. You learn in life if it's not one thing, it's the other. I hope once I pass the test here that this will be put behind me. I'm really hoping for that."

Cushing had promoted a Friday night appearance on NFL Network's NFL Total Access on his Facebook page before posting the following message Friday afternoon: "Had to cancel NFL Network and all other interviews due to a family emergency. Heading to airport to fly back to NJ to be with the fam."

Cushing didn't provide any further details about the emergency. He's from New Jersey and had been in school in California this week.

Cushing posted 134 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles while helping Houston go 9-7 -- the first winning record in franchise history. He was a runaway winner over Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd in NFL Defensive Player of the Year balloting. However, Bills safety Donte Whitner suggested Friday on Twitter that the honor be stripped from Cushing.
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Old 05-07-2010, 10:22 PM   #2
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Sucks for him... I wonder how Texans fans feel about it?
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I wonder if he'll pull a Shawne Merriman and magically suck once he gets off the 'roids
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Hes had his suspiciouns as a juicer since his High School days hes one of the main reasons NJ schools implemented steroid and PED testing for Football. Hes been known to take crazy supplements back in his HS and USC days so that probably triggered the red flag on his test. Idk , sucks to be him, but join the Shawne Merriman and Rodney Harrison Club.
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Yeah and He was Huge in HS and when he went to USC he shrunk to a shrimp size. Just like the used car salesman source. My equipment manager and OL coach were coaches at Bergen Catholic and they without a doubt knew that he took steroids. But dont take it from me but this incident kinda solidifies the suspicions.
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I wouldn't doubt that upwards of 75% of all NFL players are on the juice.... most of them just don't get caught.

I really don't care if they are or they aren't... it's been going on since roids were introduced... it won't stop any time soon, no matter what the consequence for getting caught. Unless the penalty is a lifetime banishment from the NFL... that is the ony deterent that I can see working.
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2005 Defensive ROY - Shawne Merriman - suspended in 2006.
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2005 Defensive ROY - Shawne Merriman - suspended in 2006.
I think they should strip players of titles like that if they're caught with something like steroids
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This dude went to my school. Everyone in BC loves him, wonder whats gunna happen monday.
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