Texans middle linebacker Brian Cushing returned to NRG Stadium on Tuesday as his 10-game suspension for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy ended. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially reinstated Cushing from his suspension. The Texans were granted a one-week roster exemption that expires Dec. 4. He can be activated at any time. Whether he’ll return to play this week is still being determined. The former Pro Bowl selection and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year is in outstanding shape and fully healthy, according to a league source. Cushing met with Texans coach Bill O'Brien on Tuesday. O'Brien suggested that the Texans are in no rush to get Cushing back on the field and will evaluate his conditioning levels and readiness to play again. “He’s been away from us for a while, obviously,” O’Brien said. “First things first, just personally we got to get caught up, see where he’s at, see how he’s doing, and then kind of go from there. Great guy, you guys know what I feel about Brian Cushing.” Cushing has been suspended twice by the league for violations of its PED policy. The first came in 2010, his second season with the team after being a first-round draft choice from USC. It was reported at the time that Cushing tested positive for a fertility drug that has frequently been used to restart natural testosterone production.
Texans' Brian Cushing returns to team from suspension
Houston Chronicle | Nov 30