According to several reports (including ours), 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing(notes) has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Houston Texans linebacker was specifically suspended for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Cushing's suspension was announced when he lost an appeal of a ruling that came down in February. The 15th overall selection in the 2009 draft, Cushing solidified a Houston front seven with major needs at linebacker to help star middle ‘backer DeMeco Ryans(notes). Cushing took Ryans' guidance and went from there, finishing his rookie campaign with 133 tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, and 10 passes defensed.
Unfortunately, all those numbers are now negated. I wrote about Cushing's play for Football Outsiders in late October, and I was tremendously impressed with what I saw. Now, I'm left to wonder - just as everyone else is - what exactly it is that I saw, and how muchRead More »from Speculation about Cushing's PED use isn't new