Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games by the NFL for his second violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. The Pro Bowler was also suspended four games in 2010 for performance-enhancing drug use.
The NFL announced the suspension Wednesday.
“Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended without pay for the team’s next 10 games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances,” the official statement read. “Cushing’s suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Texans’ active roster on Tuesday, November 28 following the team’s November 27 game against the Baltimore Ravens.”
Rapoport noted that even though coach Sean Payton tried to work out those issues Top Cheap Jerseys with Cooks, the wide receiver “felt the elephant in the room -— Brees’ arm strength not Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping enabling him to find Cooks deep — couldn’t be talked about on any level.”
Cooks’ problems with the Saints arose following a 35-34 win over the Chargers in Week 4 last season in which he only had three catches. The damage became irreparable two months later when he had no catches in the team’s 49-21 win over the Rams.
“Closed mouths don’t get fed,” Cooks told reporters at the time.
New Orleans traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to take Cooks 20th overall, and he hauled in 215 receptions for 2,861 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the team.
The Saints will host the Patriots for their home opener at the Superdome on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.