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Sources: Cushing suspended 4 games

By Adam Schefter

ESPN.com

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The Houston Texans' defense took a major blow Friday when defensive rookie of the year Brian Cushing learned he is being suspended four games for violating the NFL's steroid policy, according to league sources.

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Cushing appealed the league's decision at a hearing at the NFL scouting combine in February but was informed Friday his appeal had been rejected, according to sources.

Cushing will be allowed to participate in training camp with the Texans this summer, but then will serve his four game suspension to start the 2010 regular season.

Cushing's attorney, Harvey Steinberg, did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

The Texans defense will suffer without Cushing, especially considering that its first game of the season is against the defending AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts. Cushing will also miss games against the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders.

Cushing, who was voted to the Pro Bowl, had 133 tackles, helped lead the Texans to a 9-7 record, their first winning record in franchise history. Cushing finished the season with five sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Adam Schefter is an NFL Insider for ESPN.com.

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Dude played for ****ing Bosco. I assumed this was common knowledge already.

See, we can agree on something Rutgers. I thought way back when that this kid could be a poster boy for roids...he just had that look to me and nothng that I had knowledge of.

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I remember people making excuses for the photos of him with "b!tch t!ts", saying he was coming off an injury and the idleness some how resulted in this. Anyway, you don't grow milkers without the right hormones, or maybe they should be called the wrong hormones.

I think when the Texans see what Cushing is like roidless they will wish they took Clay Mathews or Rey M. instead. It was a weird choice.

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Cheating at football = four games

Making it rain = sixteen games

Having the bargaining equivalent of pictures of De Smith giving it to a goat in your back pocket when negotiating the new CBA = priceless

GOODELL IN 2012

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I remember people making excuses for the photos of him with "b!tch t!ts", saying he was coming off an injury and the idleness some how resulted in this. Anyway, you don't grow milkers without the right hormones, or maybe they should be called the wrong hormones.

I think when the Texans see what Cushing is like roidless they will wish they took Clay Mathews or Rey M. instead. It was a weird choice.

QFT.

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http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/brian-cushing-says-banned-substance-is-not-a-steroid-050810

Cushing: Banned substance not a steroid

Updated May 8, 2010 2:45 PM ET

Brian Cushing insists the failed drug test that led to his suspension was for a non-steroidal banned substance, the Texans linebacker told FOXSports.com exclusively on Saturday.

"I did not take a steroid," Cushing said. "I'm very disappointed because I thought we would've won the appeal. I'm still stunned by the decision. It'll be tough not being with my teammates."

Cushing was suspended for four games on Friday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year will miss the first four games of the upcoming season and be eligible to return during the week of Oct. 4. The Texans play Indianapolis, Washington, Dallas and Oakland during his suspension.

Cushing can participate in preseason practices and games.

"We were disappointed to learn that Brian has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season,'' Houston general manager Rick Smith said in a 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, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft out of Southern California, had 133 tackles in 2009. The Texans finished 9-7 last season for their first winning record thanks in part to the improvement of a young defense that features Cushing, star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans and 2006 top overall pick Mario Williams.

Veteran Kevin Bentley, who appeared in each game for Houston last season but never started, is Cushing's backup at outside linebacker.

Cushing was hounded by rumors of performance-enhancing drug use before he became a pro, but the Texans were undeterred. They said then they found no truth to those rumors in their draft preparations.

Cushing began training in February with MMAthletics, a program run by FOX Sports NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer and mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cushing: Banned substance not a steroid

Updated May 8, 2010 2:45 PM ET

Brian Cushing insists the failed drug test that led to his suspension was for a non-steroidal banned substance, the Texans linebacker told FOXSports.com exclusively on Saturday.

"I did not take a steroid," Cushing said. "I'm very disappointed because I thought we would've won the appeal. I'm still stunned by the decision. It'll be tough not being with my teammates."

Cushing was suspended for four games on Friday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year will miss the first four games of the upcoming season and be eligible to return during the week of Oct. 4. The Texans play Indianapolis, Washington, Dallas and Oakland during his suspension.

Cushing can participate in preseason practices and games.

"We were disappointed to learn that Brian has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season,'' Houston general manager Rick Smith said in a 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, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft out of Southern California, had 133 tackles in 2009. The Texans finished 9-7 last season for their first winning record thanks in part to the improvement of a young defense that features Cushing, star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans and 2006 top overall pick Mario Williams.

Veteran Kevin Bentley, who appeared in each game for Houston last season but never started, is Cushing's backup at outside linebacker.

Cushing was hounded by rumors of performance-enhancing drug use before he became a pro, but the Texans were undeterred. They said then they found no truth to those rumors in their draft preparations.

Cushing began training in February with MMAthletics, a program run by FOX Sports NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer and mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

So, what was it then? Viagra? He looks rock hard all over.

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http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/brian-cushing-says-banned-substance-is-not-a-steroid-050810

Cushing: Banned substance not a steroid

Updated May 8, 2010 2:45 PM ET

Brian Cushing insists the failed drug test that led to his suspension was for a non-steroidal banned substance, the Texans linebacker told FOXSports.com exclusively on Saturday.

"I did not take a steroid," Cushing said. "I'm very disappointed because I thought we would've won the appeal. I'm still stunned by the decision. It'll be tough not being with my teammates."

Cushing was suspended for four games on Friday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year will miss the first four games of the upcoming season and be eligible to return during the week of Oct. 4. The Texans play Indianapolis, Washington, Dallas and Oakland during his suspension.

Cushing can participate in preseason practices and games.

"We were disappointed to learn that Brian has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season,'' Houston general manager Rick Smith said in a 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, the 15th overall pick in last year's draft out of Southern California, had 133 tackles in 2009. The Texans finished 9-7 last season for their first winning record thanks in part to the improvement of a young defense that features Cushing, star middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans and 2006 top overall pick Mario Williams.

Veteran Kevin Bentley, who appeared in each game for Houston last season but never started, is Cushing's backup at outside linebacker.

Cushing was hounded by rumors of performance-enhancing drug use before he became a pro, but the Texans were undeterred. They said then they found no truth to those rumors in their draft preparations.

Cushing began training in February with MMAthletics, a program run by FOX Sports NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer and mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Thats the same BS excuse every roid taker makes. They won't ever get called out for it since the drug test results are kept confidential, Merrimen said the same ****.

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Thats the same BS excuse every roid taker makes. They won't ever get called out for it since the drug test results are kept confidential, Merrimen said the same ****.

It's partially true. They don't test positive for steroids. They test positive because the NFL has banned their masking agents.

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Why is steroids such a minor issue in football but a career crushing one in the MLB? Why does nobody seem to notice or care either?

I think it has a lot to do with football players wearing helmets. The general person can't really put a face to a lot of football players. QB's aside. I think that same idea makes baseball players more human, and personable. So when news hits, its more shocking.

Not just some linebacker from Houston.

That, and the fact that baseball is more stat based. The better players are seemingly always chasing records, in football they just kind of happen.

My take anyways.

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I think it has a lot to do with football players wearing helmets. The general person can't really put a face to a lot of football players. QB's aside. I think that same idea makes baseball players more human, and personable. So when news hits, its more shocking.

Not just some linebacker from Houston.

My take anyways.

That would be very sad. I'm even a little disappointed...People are that easy?

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I'm missing something. What do you mean?

I mean that steroids are very, very clearly an issue in the NFL (or should be)...but because they're portrayed as warriors and they equip themselves with pads and helmets the issue just gets brushed to the side publically. The public, being the public, is easily swayed by loud noises and big hits...f'ing idiots (I include myself so no one cry, please).

It just seems so...cheap and dirty...like a hoowah. It's also pure, unadultered bs....I can just picture the very rich, very powerful men who run the NFL laughing their asses to the bank drinking rich people sh*t while the MLB had to grovel before our society's high court over PEDs...as if baseball introduced the idea of steroids to the innocent American landscape.

Now I'm just idiot ranting...could have went further...

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