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Brian Cushing suspended four games

B. Cushing.jpgThe reigning NFL defensive rookie of the year will miss the first four weeks of the 2010 season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

Per Schefter, Cushing appealed the suspension during the Scouting Combine in February but was told today that the suspension has been upheld. He can participate in training camp and the preseason but will have to sit out Weeks One through Week Four of the regular season, missing games against the Colts, Redskins, Cowboys, and Raiders.

It’s the second time in the last five years that the reigning defensive rookie of the year has been suspended for performance-enhancing drugs; Shawne Merriman won the award in 2005 and he was suspended in 2006.  Although Merriman was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season, a rule passed in response to Merriman’s Pro Bowl selection prohibits players suspended during the regular season from being selected to the Pro Bowl.

So Cushing, who was selected to the Pro Bowl after 2009, won’t be a Pro Bowler next season.

Cushing started all 16 games for the Texans after being chosen in the first round of the 2009 draft. Prior to the draft Cushing was the subject of a false report that he had tested positive for steroids at the 2009 Scouting Combine.

UPDATE: Steve Wyche of NFL Network has confirmed the report.  ESPN’s Michael Smith points out that Julius Peppers was suspended during his Rookie of the Year campaign, so this has happened three times in eight years.  Yikes.

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  1. Outsyder says: May 7, 2010 6:45 PM

    I guess that’s why he played so well.

  2. notoriouswarsaw says: May 7, 2010 6:46 PM

    big surprise, he did em all the way thru high school and college, why stop now

  3. clintonrb says: May 7, 2010 6:46 PM

    will they ever learn?
    -texans just took a huge hit to the win loss record

  4. seaner44 says: May 7, 2010 6:47 PM

    not much of a suprise there, i was actually suprised that he refuted the original claim

  5. Colts18 says: May 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    I like him. I wonder if he is another merriman however

  6. Raider B says: May 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    its obvious that boy is on the juice.
    http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/JSnipes/cushing.jpg

  7. kazkal says: May 7, 2010 6:49 PM

    Overrated anyways he made most of his tackles after someone gained 10+ yrds.

  8. DanRooney says: May 7, 2010 6:50 PM

    Somewhere, Shawne Merriman is having a good chuckle.

  9. GregJenningsFanClub says: May 7, 2010 6:50 PM

    I bet he was all doped up last year. They should take away his Defensive rookie of year award and give it to the more deserving Clay Mathews Jr.

  10. mrzazz41387 says: May 7, 2010 6:50 PM

    no surprise to me. He went to high school near me, and it was no secret that he was juicing.

  11. BMUG503 says: May 7, 2010 6:51 PM

    HA! Another Merriman huh. Break out rookie season only because they’re jacked up on roids. Watch Cushing struggle to get back those numbers without roids. Just like Merriman. Douchebags. What a joke. When will their be a “REAL” natural Defensive player of the year, who has their shit straight.

  12. Chapnasty2 says: May 7, 2010 6:52 PM

    “So Cushing, who was selected to the Pro Bowl after 2009, won’t be a Pro Bowler next season.”
    It’s OK, after last season the pro-bowl is meaningless anyways.

  13. bluelion says: May 7, 2010 6:52 PM

    Shocking.

  14. BDawk says: May 7, 2010 6:52 PM

    Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on..uh.

  15. this class sucks says: May 7, 2010 6:55 PM

    @notoriouswarsaw
    I’m not saying he didn’t take them in high school or anything but if you look at pictures of him at USC then now there is a clear increase in size which would lead me to believe that he has taken them more recently.

  16. 8inthebox says: May 7, 2010 6:56 PM

    is anyone surprised?

  17. kishcollageit says: May 7, 2010 6:57 PM

    I thought he got caught using them while at USC! Am I wrong?
    http://www.thedirty.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/cstrh23e8ggb.jpg

  18. ben.there says: May 7, 2010 6:58 PM

    Awe crap! I guess the vets haven’t taught him how not to get caught. What did he fail for, and what’s his excuse?

  19. funi says: May 7, 2010 6:59 PM

    A USC player on roids? Petey Caroll did ntot each his players that? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  20. Outsyder says: May 7, 2010 7:00 PM

    kazkal wrote, “Overrated anyways he made most of his tackles after someone gained 10+ yrds.”
    Oh? Go here. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/splits?playerId=12453
    Only 7 of his total tackles were behind 10 yards. Whether it be 6 to a 10+ run or 1 from a 11 to 20 yard pass.

  21. Karl says: May 7, 2010 7:00 PM

    There were even people in Hawaii who had absolutely nothing to do with him saying he had been juicing all the way through college. No surprise here.

  22. Tim says: May 7, 2010 7:00 PM

    His best years are behind him.

  23. MooninLambeau says: May 7, 2010 7:00 PM

    what a retard. stupid cushing. stupid LBs. Stupid USC LBs. Stupid. USC football. Stupid California.

  24. ethan robert says: May 7, 2010 7:05 PM

    The 2009 report wasn’t false, it was just premature.

  25. nyj-gate D says: May 7, 2010 7:05 PM

    LOL @ Raider B’s link. Before the ‘roids Cushing looked like he had Cushing’s disease:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM00313

  26. John El Way says: May 7, 2010 7:05 PM

    trying to cheat the system, the size of balls this guy must have!…………..

  27. INVAIDUH says: May 7, 2010 7:05 PM

    seemed obvious comming outta college.
    dude was too jacked.

  28. Krow says: May 7, 2010 7:06 PM

    This should surprise no one.

  29. WVUColumbus says: May 7, 2010 7:06 PM

    They have a team in Houston???

  30. Deb says: May 7, 2010 7:07 PM

    That’s sad. I enjoyed watching part of his story on NFL Network last preseason. Maybe if the league had a more effective screening policy, it would be a stronger deterrent. Players might be less tempted to see if they could sneak through if they KNEW they would be tested each week. Or maybe if the league worked WITH players on using safe supplements and PEDs they could more effectively deter players from using harmful steroids. They’re professional athletes in an extremely competitive industry. You can’t blame them for being desperate to boost their productivity and hone their edge.

  31. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 7, 2010 7:08 PM

    i will get ripped for dissing clay matthews jr, but he tested positive too with Cushing before they were drafted. USC covered it up. as with everything.

  32. Citizen Strange says: May 7, 2010 7:10 PM

    How else do you go from Zero to Hero?

  33. BigMikeSkinsFan says: May 7, 2010 7:11 PM

    now we all know why Orakpo should have gotten it..

  34. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: May 7, 2010 7:13 PM

    wonder if he’ll suck it as hard as merriman does now that he’s “clean”.

  35. PatricktheDookie says: May 7, 2010 7:13 PM

    He reminds me of that roid rage guy from The Program.

  36. mvlonergan says: May 7, 2010 7:14 PM

    The shocking part is it took this long for him to be suspended. Great job posting that before and after photo, Raider B. That thing should be a lot more well known than it is.

  37. NoKoolaidCowboy says: May 7, 2010 7:15 PM

    Raider B, good post man. Gotta admire a poster who backs it up, nice before and after pics.
    LOL, at the boobage pic on the left!

  38. kristoff says: May 7, 2010 7:16 PM

    what a shock!!!! OMG!!! brian cushing???

  39. irishsamurai says: May 7, 2010 7:18 PM

    take the honor away from him and give it to jarius byrd or clay matthews,either one of those guys deserved it more anyways

  40. BenRapistberger says: May 7, 2010 7:20 PM

    Lofa Tatupu should have gotten DROTY instead of Merriman anyways.

  41. packfan4ever says: May 7, 2010 7:27 PM

    looks like perfect timing for him to explain himself tonight on nfl network total access live
    http://www.facebook.com/briancushing56/posts/111962678845040

  42. NoKoolaidCowboy says: May 7, 2010 7:28 PM

    Deb says:
    May 7, 2010 7:07 PM
    You can’t blame them for being desperate to boost their productivity and hone their edge.
    ——————————————————
    No excuses. If you’re not strong enough to make it in the league, then step aside.
    Steroids are unethical and dangerous.
    Would you be this understanding or lenient if it were your kid?

  43. Jaso says: May 7, 2010 7:31 PM

    They should just make Roids legal. It would make the game better than it is. I mean I love my NFL football.. but, it has gotten so sissified.

  44. mattgso says: May 7, 2010 7:33 PM

    Clay Mathews deserved DROY more than this roid head.

  45. TheMagicIsYou! says: May 7, 2010 7:35 PM

    Raider B’s pic is hilarious. You’d think that if you were ‘roiding it up, you’d try and be inconspicuous, instead of posing for photos looking like the Incredible Hulk.
    I guess everyone does this shit. I wonder how long it’ll be before they just start allowing it.

  46. Mr Krinkle says: May 7, 2010 7:37 PM

    “Prior to the draft Cushing was the subject of a false report that he had tested positive for steroids at the 2009 scouting combine.”
    False report my a$$. He failed a test and it was covered up.
    USC, the new “the U”.

  47. Mikey D says: May 7, 2010 7:37 PM

    Give the defensive rookie of the year award to Jairus Byrd now

  48. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 7, 2010 7:38 PM

    How long until Belicheat tries to trade for him?

  49. burntorangehorn says: May 7, 2010 7:38 PM

    Steroids were the main reason he performed well and won DROY. This one should come as no surprise to anyone.

  50. SirSuperSouthern says: May 7, 2010 7:42 PM

    “Yikes”?
    What you mean, “Yikes”?
    How the hell else are you supposed to win Rookie of the Year?
    Grow up…

  51. SixburghSteelers says: May 7, 2010 7:44 PM

    The NFL should really strip him and whoever else won the Def ROY…
    Kind of ironic that he and Merriman where the same # LOL

  52. Gautam says: May 7, 2010 7:46 PM

    fking beefcake

  53. funi says: May 7, 2010 7:50 PM

    Quit lying Florio! This is a false report.
    Sign Steve Smith

  54. Iron Wolf says: May 7, 2010 7:51 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy: Wow, original. Who writes your material? Know how they separate the men from the boys in the Italian Army?
    With a crowbar.

  55. INVAIDUH says: May 7, 2010 7:57 PM

    Raider B has it right.
    and me being a juicer in high school/college.. thats pretty much what happens… from 0 to jacked…high on life…unstopable.. pain is pretend.
    @35…..when you do stop….game OVER….
    meh…the choices we make…
    hope my kids understand..
    AAAHAhahahhhhh.

  56. Deb says: May 7, 2010 8:01 PM

    NoKoolaidCowboy says:
    May 7, 2010 7:28 PM
    Deb says:
    May 7, 2010 7:07 PM
    You can’t blame them for being desperate to boost their productivity and hone their edge.
    ————————————————–No excuses. If you’re not strong enough to make it in the league, then step aside.
    Steroids are unethical and dangerous.
    Would you be this understanding or lenient if it were your kid?
    ———————————————–
    No no no no no You’re absolutely right–steroids are dangerous. They used to be legal and several players paid a terrible physical and emotional price for using them. I’m anti-steroids. I’m talking about safe PEDs.
    It’s like NASCAR. Drivers are always looking for ways to get their engines to run better and smoother. And athletes are always looking for ways to increase their speed 1/10th of a second, etc. The league should be working with nutritionists and other experts to help the players find healthy ways to enhance their performance.
    No one is born an elite athlete. They have inherent talent but they have to develop it. Every skill player in the league is doing some kind of performance-enhancing regimen. I’m just saying that if the league spent more time researching and promoting POSITIVE performance-boosting science, players wouldn’t be trying this dangerous back-door crap.

  57. NightTrainNeckTie says: May 7, 2010 8:02 PM

    I don’t know Brian Cushing personally, but he’s a big white meat head from New Jersey, does this surprise anyone?

  58. august says: May 7, 2010 8:09 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy says:
    May 7, 2010 7:38 PM
    How long until Belicheat tries to trade for him?
    You are obsessed with us, Situation.

  59. RossyRoss says: May 7, 2010 8:11 PM

    Shocker! The meat head got busted.

  60. smithopher says: May 7, 2010 8:17 PM

    well if this guys the next shawne merriman, he’s got another year or two before his ligaments are gone and he’s a non-threat to offenses. merriman was a BEAST. now he’s falling apart because of those roids.

  61. irishassassin3620 says: May 7, 2010 8:20 PM

    atleast mayo won his DROY legit no mention of substance abuse. besides all USC players suck they all probably juice.

  62. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 7, 2010 8:25 PM

    Iron Wolf says:
    May 7, 2010 7:51 PM
    ItalianArmyGuy: Wow, original. Who writes your material? Know how they separate the men from the boys in the Italian Army?
    With a crowbar.
    =================
    Don’t twist your panties in a wad over your precious Patsies, Francis. Tell Belichick to win a Super Bowl without cheating, and then get back to me

  63. rdoggy says: May 7, 2010 8:27 PM

    some of you must be new…that pic of a transformation is from his freshman year right after he got back from shoulder surgery…take a gander at what he looked like in highschool when he competed in strongman
    http://yepyep.gibbs12.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/briancushingkegger.jpg

  64. blackglass says: May 7, 2010 8:40 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy, what does Roethlisberger taste like?

  65. wolfgang1983 says: May 7, 2010 8:43 PM

    http://www.thedirty.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/cstrh23e8ggb.jpg
    as if we didnt know this already. Its either gonna be a constant issue or he is gonna have a Shawne Merriman type decline in playing level and size. too bad for the Texans…..what a clown Cushing is

  66. Sparrowhawk says: May 7, 2010 8:48 PM

    ProfanityIn ALLCAPS is just a Viking fan trying to rip on a Packer. Provide the source of your accusation or lay by your dish.

  67. gnarlswoodson says: May 7, 2010 8:58 PM

    I played in college with a few of cushings former HS teammates who all said his own father used to shoot him in the stomach with HGH in the locker room at bergen catholic

  68. DoomsDayD75 says: May 7, 2010 8:59 PM

    Steroids should be requirement for all NFL players, more excitement for everyone!

  69. gnarlswoodson says: May 7, 2010 9:10 PM

    steroids are great as long as you keep doing them..believe me when I tell you this, cushing is the next merriman, he will be a mere shell of his 09 self without steroids. thats just how it is

  70. Jabberwocky says: May 7, 2010 9:24 PM

    @ Raider B-
    You got that right. He transformed from slouch to monster in a hurry.

  71. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 7, 2010 9:33 PM

    blackglass says:
    May 7, 2010 8:40 PM
    ItalianArmyGuy, what does Roethlisberger taste like?
    ==================
    Like chicken – just like your momma’s fat a$$

  72. dcryan82 says: May 7, 2010 9:41 PM

    LMAO at the Packer fans who think Mathews should have gotten DROY now instead of Cushing.. You think HE’S NOT juicing??? Give me a break.

  73. jimicos says: May 7, 2010 9:58 PM

    Now is this a regular suspension or one of those Williams boys take-it-now-or-take-it-later suspensions?

  74. jimicos says: May 7, 2010 9:59 PM

    dcryan82 says:
    May 7, 2010 9:41 PM
    LMAO at the Packer fans who think Mathews should have gotten DROY now instead of Cushing.. You think HE’S NOT juicing??? Give me a break.
    ———————–
    Yeah, they were in the same locker room. It’s impossible to be in the same locker room and not take the same drugs.

  75. Chiefs2010 says: May 7, 2010 10:24 PM

    honestly, that’s the only way us white boys can keep up with the brothers..
    jus sayin’… they’re naturally faster & stronger..we gotta work harder for it

  76. sniperskin says: May 7, 2010 10:46 PM

    you neeeeeeeed to do some research and find out if orakpo is going to get the award now.. Orakpo had better number 16 sacks most ever for a rookie.. he should be rookie of the year!!!

  77. garylandon41 says: May 7, 2010 10:50 PM

    big packer fan here…..Matthews is just as jacked up on roids as cushing is….he’s next….. they were just trying to be big and strong like their samoan buddy maulaualauuaga

  78. NCRaiderDon says: May 7, 2010 10:50 PM

    Raider B says:
    May 7, 2010 6:49 PM
    its obvious that boy is on the juice.
    http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/JSnipes/cushing.jpg
    If anyone ever doubted..nuff said by Raider B

  79. Green n' Gold says: May 7, 2010 11:14 PM

    Steroids? What an idiot….Why not just use the undetectable HGH. Go see Ray Lewis’ DR. genuis!!

  80. therealtruth says: May 7, 2010 11:19 PM

    @ItalianArmyGuy–A steeler fan talking about steroids? I’d tell you talk to Steve Courson about the Steelers use of these but unfortunately he died, God rest his soul. I’m sure you’ll come back w/your typical 12 y/o response but I’ll just ignore it so save yourself the trouble.
    @Deb–There’s no magic food/nutrition out there. any pill would be either a precursor or outright PED. Your frame determines how much muscular size one can put on. You can’t increase in size or strenghthen your tendons & ligaments. If you hear about guys ripping muscles off bones its a good bet steroids are invoved Brian Bosworth was exhibit A–too big for his frame

  81. Bious says: May 8, 2010 12:42 AM

    Ever seen pics of him with his shirt off?
    Why would anyone NOT think this?
    Rumors of it were all over the place

  82. ToledoLions says: May 8, 2010 1:29 AM

    Bullsh*t, Louis Delmas or Jarius Byrd should be given that award. They were the 2 best defensive rookies last year that weren’t caught using steroids.

  83. lanjoith says: May 8, 2010 1:48 AM

    Some of your opinions from afar are hilarious.
    Merriman tested positive 3 months before the season started in 2006. He had 17 sacks in 12 games and wasn’t on the juice for any of them. He passed all his drug tests his rookie year in 2005 and all of them since.
    Even though his sack numbers were down in 2007 (12) it was his best overall year. Ted Cottrell used him differently than Wade Phillips had and he dropped back into coverage more.
    His career has been derailed by a serious knee injury. He isn’t any smaller and he isn’t breaking down.
    I would expect Merriman to be back to his old self now that the surgery is aother year behind him.

  84. ToledoLions says: May 8, 2010 2:08 AM

    Watch him go from 260 lbs. to 230 lbs. or less if he quits taking them. IF he quits, there’s no guarantee he will.

  85. RUGGERLAD says: May 8, 2010 6:33 AM

    Merriman has been useless without the juice, I wonder if this fella will be any good without it.

  86. Moozie says: May 8, 2010 11:13 AM

    LOL. Squeeler fans talking about steroids. Wow. Has to be the most delusional fanbase on the planet. Without steroids, you’d only have one ring, frauds. You’re fraud 70s Steroid curtain dynasty…where the entire team was on roids. Then, a few years ago when your team doctor mysteriously resigned after being caught with 150K in Hgh. Hilarious. Everyone outside of Pissburg knows about the teams steroid use. Only delusional Squeeler fans want to pretend not.

  87. Juliath says: May 8, 2010 12:38 PM

    Now he’ll have 4 more weeks to perfect his fist pumping (maybe that’s why he was juicing to begin with?)

  88. Deb says: May 8, 2010 1:33 PM

    @Moozie …
    Who’s denying? Steroids were legal in the 70s. Some of our offensive players took them. So did a few players on every other team. The result: even playing field.
    Now the rules are different and steroids are on the banned substance list. That’s why Cushing was suspended.
    Try to keep up, gramps.

  89. scottie says: May 10, 2010 5:54 AM

    4 games, are you kidding me. On the other hand he diserved the award. In my opinion they are all on something illigal, but he is the best among them.

  90. The Real Shuxion says: May 10, 2010 9:41 AM

    # BenRapistberger says: May 7, 2010 7:20 PM
    Lofa Tatupu should have gotten DROTY instead of Merriman anyways.
    ——————————————————
    Hell yeah he should of. Go King Philip Warriors, up yours Hockamock League.

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