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Brian Cushing Suspended 10 Games For PED Violation

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A bad start to the 2017 season for the Texans gets even worse.

NFL: Houston Texans at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Texans starting inside linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for another violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy, per Ian Rapoport.

Cushing’s suspension leaves an opening for rookie second round pick Zach Cunningham to assert himself as the future of the Texans’ defense alongside Benardrick McKinney. Cunningham, like McKinney and Cushing, excels at shutting down the run between the tackles; unlike his teammates, Cunningham has excellent fluidity and short area quickness in coverage. It is possible that despite losing one of the leaders of this team, Houston’s defense might actually be upgraded because of Cushing’s suspension.

Silver linings, I guess...

UPDATE: Here are the statements from the NFL and Cushing’s camp in response to the suspension:

UPDATE II: The practical financial implications of Cushing’s suspension: