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Texans LB Cushing's four-game suspension upheld by NFLNFL.com Wire Reports
Published: Aug. 19, 2010 at 12:21 p.m. Updated: Aug. 19, 2010 at 12:29 p.m. Liked: 0 | Comments: 2 Email Like Print Read Discuss

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The NFL on Thursday upheld the four-game suspension of Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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The league issued the following statement: "At the request of Texans owner Bob McNair, Commissioner Goodell reviewed additional medical information presented on behalf of Brian Cushing. The club and Cushing were notified today that after carefully considering all the information, including a review by outside medical experts, the commissioner finds no basis for changing the decision and that Mr. Cushing's suspension for the first four games of the regular season remains in place."

McNair and Cushing contended the linebacker, who won the 2009 Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year award, had a unique medical condition stemming from something called overtrained athlete syndrome.

Cushing, the Texans' first-round draft pick in 2009, had 133 tackles last season.