Texans lose Brian Cushing for 10 games after second PEDs violation

HOUSTON TX- DECEMBER 18 Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing attempts to break through the line of scrimmage during the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was suspended for 10 games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The tweet went on to say, "Cushing's suspension begins immediately".

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

It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Houston will go on the road to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday with both teams looking for their first win of the season.

Cushing has collected 652 tackles, 13.0 sacks and eight interceptions in 100 career games since being selected by Houston with the 15th overall pick of the 2009 draft.

As of Tuesday Cushing was still listed as the team's starting MIKE linebacker, but with his suspension Dylan Cole will likely slide into that role.

The Texans should be able to compete for a division championship even without Cushing for most of the season, but they can't have many more games like Week 1.

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