Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Texans' Cushing Suspended for 10 Games

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes: Texans' Cushing Suspended for 10 Games

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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy.

Cushing had won the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, an honor that was jeopardized by the suspension. He kept the award after a revote by The Associated Press' awards panel.

Currently in the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in Houston's opening loss to Jacksonville, Cushing will be eligible to return Nov. 28.

Cushing has had a checkered career since his sensational rookie season. Injuries curtailed the 2012 and '13 seasons, when he got into a total of 12 games. He's never come close to matching his first-year production of 86 tackles, 47 assists, four sacks, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 10 passes defensed.

The 2009 defensive rookie revote came after Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's banned substance list. He had one positive test from a urine sample taken in September 2009, then subsequently tested negative several times.

But when his suspension was announced the following May, the AP called for another ballot. Cushing didn't receive anywhere near the 39 votes of his previous landslide victory, but the 18 he got were enough to reclaim the honor.

The 30-year-old Cushing would not have suited up in Thursday night's game at Cincinnati because of his concussion. Now, the Texans must wait two more months for his return.

Surgery for Jaguars WRs * Jacksonville receivers Allen Robinson and Dede Westbrook are recovering from surgery.

Robinson had surgery Monday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He tore the ligament while making a catch in the season opener at Houston and was placed on injured reserve. Robinson, in the final year of his rookie contract, will not return this season. …

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