Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is still suspended for the first four games of the season.
The NFL announced on Thursday that Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Cushing’s four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The league issued the following statement: “At the request of Texans owner Bob McNair, Commissioner Goodell reviewed additional medical information presented on behalf of Brian Cushing. The club and Cushing were notified today that after carefully considering all the information, including a review by outside medical experts, the commissioner finds no basis for changing the decision and that Mr. Cushing’s suspension for the first four games of the regular season remains in place.”
Cushing won the 2009 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award. He and McNair claimed that his failed drug test was the result of something called overtrained athlete syndrome.