Houston Texans’ Brian Cushing hit with 10-game doping ban

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Cushing’s suspension begins immediately, although he had already been ruled out of Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals after suffering a concussion in the Texans’ season-opening 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Cushing, 30, will be eligible to return to the roster on November 28, one day after the Texans take on the Baltimore Ravens.

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Cushing was suspended for four games by the league in 2010 for testing positive for a fertility drug that was on the NFL’s banned substances list.

Cushing has collected 652 tackles, 13 sacks and eight interceptions in 100 career games since he was taken in by Houston in the first round of the 2009 draft.