When Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was found to have had the hormone hCg in his bloodstream, controversy soon ensued. The hormone is a banned substance for players in the National Football League because it can be used as a masking agent for steroid users. It is also used to increase fertility amongst men.
Cushing had a 2009 rookie season that saw him named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. The AP also named him AFC Defensive Player of the Week and Month twice each, as well as tabbed him as a Second Team All-Pro.
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