NFL Commissioner Goodell Upholds LB Brian Cushing’s Suspension

This Thursday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the original four-game suspension placed on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing earlier this summer for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

”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.”

Three weeks ago, Texans owner Bob McNair lobbied for Cushing’s innocence claiming the second-year linebacker suffered from overtrained athelete syndrome.  Cushing was found in violation of the policy last September.  Obviously, Goodell and the league weren’t sold on McNair’s new evidence he presented last week.  Cushing’s due to return Week 5 at Reliant Stadium against the New York Giants.

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