Brian Cushing had an August knee injury

For those of you confused by the fact that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive in September for a substance reportedly used after a steroids cycle to ensure that there’s no shrinkage in certain area, here’s a fact that we recently remembered without any external prompting (for a change).

Cushing suffered a knee injury in early August.  He went hyperbaric to speed the healing process, which initially was expected to take 10 days but ended up taking longer.

So is it possible that Cushing, who had already taken an annual preseason drug test and thereafter was subject only to random testing, opted to take a chance with a steroid in the hopes of getting back to 100 percent more quickly?  Under this theory, Cushing would have been chasing the steroid with hGC in September, after his knee had healed. 

If we had him strapped to a lie detector, this is the line of questioning that we’d be exploring, thoroughly.

24 responses to “Brian Cushing had an August knee injury

  1. One aspect that’s bothersome is where are these guys getting all the information, drugs, instructions on how to use the drugs, paraphanalia for applying the drugs, etc. etc.
    Seems to me the authorities might be better off going after the enablers rather than the athletes who probably start into the cheat cycle while still in their teens.
    They should look at the agents, trainers, coachs, and alumni of the colleges, first of all. Bust those perps big time a few times and the supply of enhancers and information would dry up quickly.

  2. Its funny that some people actually care about his intent.
    It doesn’t matter whether it was intentional or not, you still got the advantage of the steroid.

  3. While no one can support taking steroids for “getting healthy” after a pre-season surgery, it certainly does a lot to shoot down a lot of the overblown speculation about how Cushing got “so big and so strong so fast” (to quote Peter King). I’ve never heard of his failing a drug test before at USC.
    So he tried to get healthy to get back on the field, got popped in a random drug test in September, played like a man possessed all season long, earning the ROY award by a wide margin and now he’s the scum of the earth ? If that isn’t sensationalism, I don’t know what is.
    Sensationalism (Florio) is when the media intentionally presents something as more shocking or exciting than the truth turns out to be.
    P.S.
    See previous comments regarding Julius Peppers winning ROY award while missing the last 4 games of his rookie season for violating the same substance abuse policy back in 2004.

  4. Brian Cushing is the new Roethlisberger… Big Ben is sooo happy to have Cushing in the league right now.

  5. Good thing for cushing that they don’t allow dooshy half ass reporters administer polygraphs..huh?

  6. Hey, kudos for getting it right! Usually the media is the blind leading the blind on steroid information! HCG is only taken by atheletes immediately after finishing a steroid cycle, to jump start the production of their own testosterone. That is exactly right. Good to see it is being reported as such. There is no other reason, period. And NO, ejaculation could not possibly cause a positive test. This is why HCG is listed as a banned substance, it’s as good as a positive steroid test.

  7. he was in that hey rookie show..got hurt in preseason…and played week 1…kinda odd to me.

  8. He was prolly also using HGH to heal as well, though that isn’t detected in a urine test.

  9. Regarding college drugs tests, they are a joke. There are many ways to circumvent using one’s own urine.

  10. Brian Cushing is the new Roethlisberger… Big Ben is sooo happy to have Cushing in the league right now.
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    You can’t compare scandals of the week. Do you think because a football player took a banned substance people will forget who ben is, what he has done off the field, and what he is capable of doing off the field?

  11. I bet Cushing is really regretting winning the DROY right now. This is a situation that would have normally just been forgotten instead of being high profile during a slow NFL news period.

  12. I hate steroid use in baseball. I really do. It’s such an individualistic sport that I think using PEDs can really have an effect on individual performance and the outcome of games.
    PED use in football doesn’t bother me that much though because I don’t think they benefit that much more in a game that is so much more team oriented. It makes defenders hit harder, and maybe some skill positions run a bit quicker. It won’t make QBs more accurate, it won’t make WRs catch better or run routes better, it may make running backs hit the pile harder, but it won’t make them more elusive or anything….and who doesn’t love the big hits in football? If anything, I would say the biggest edge they get is from the rage.
    Am I alone in this opinion?

  13. “Brian Cushing is the new Roethlisberger… Big Ben is sooo happy to have Cushing in the league right now.”
    What? Since when did Cushing rape someone?

  14. Bottom line… All NFL players are given a list of substances they are STRICTLY forbidden to use at ANYTIME during their NFL career, unless they are looking for a possible failed test and suspension. Whatever he took he knew NOT to take and DID take regardless. Injury or otherwise, it does not matter. He took something he knew was on the list, and he deserves the suspension and loss of Defensive Rookie of the Year Award for being so ignorant of the policy set by the league he is a part of, Period.

  15. Pig Ben needs to thank LT and Cushing for stealing his spotlight.
    The lie detector comment made me wonder if Mike Shanahan was now writing for PFT.

  16. # NFLFollower says: May 11, 2010 12:13 PM
    Hey, kudos for getting it right! Usually the media is the blind leading the blind on steroid information! HCG is only taken by atheletes immediately after finishing a steroid cycle, to jump start the production of their own testosterone. That is exactly right. Good to see it is being reported as such. There is no other reason, period. And NO, ejaculation could not possibly cause a positive test. This is why HCG is listed as a banned substance, it’s as good as a positive steroid test.
    YOU ARE WRONG – Factually speaking of course……
    It is most often taken during a Cycle of TESTOSTERONE to maintain productivity of the Testicles which in turn prevents shrinkage…..but again FACTUALLY speaking HCG is MOST OFTEN TAKEN DURING CYCLE.

  17. FBFreak20 says:
    May 11, 2010 12:40 PM
    Bottom line… All NFL players are given a list of substances they are STRICTLY forbidden to use at ANYTIME during their NFL career, unless they are looking for a possible failed test and suspension. Whatever he took he knew NOT to take and DID take regardless. Injury or otherwise, it does not matter. He took something he knew was on the list, and he deserves the suspension and loss of Defensive Rookie of the Year Award for being so ignorant of the policy set by the league he is a part of, Period.
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    Thank you! So many times people use situations like this to argue about should steroids be banned or not, which is not the issue here. There are lots of laws on our books that are stupid and make little or no sense, but that can’t be used as justification as to why they were broken in a court of law. I don’t see why that same logic doesn’t apply to athletes.
    Who knows what kind of edge the drugs gave him, if any. The problem here is he tried to game the system, and he got caught.

  18. To quote Zoolander “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”
    idiots, regardless of when he stopped taking roids, they still helped him gain an unfair advantage to which he used making him DROY.
    For the record you can google how to use steroids with full details even at your public libraries.

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