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[*] posted on 14-9-2017 at 03:55
Texans' Brian Cushing out until December after being hit with PED suspension

they're going to have to do it with one of their best defensive players on the sideline until December. ,If the Houston Texans are going to repeat as AFC South champions

The NFL announced on Wednesday that linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay for violating the league's policy on performing-enhancing substances.

and he'll be eligible to return to game action on Dec. 3. ,The suspension means that Cushing won't be back on the field until after the Texans' Week 10 game against the Ravens. Cushing will be allowed to return to practice on Nov. 28

The reason that Cushing got hit with such a long suspension is because this is his second time violating the NFL's PED policy. Back in 2010, Cushing was hit with a four-game suspension after testing positive for a non-steroidal banned substance. If Cushing were to violate the policy again, according to NFL.com. , he would be suspended for at least two years

The only upside for the Texans here is that they were already planning to play at least one game without Cushing. The linebacker, had already been ruled out for Thursday's game in Cincinnati. The Texans got hit hard in the injury department during their 29-7 loss to Jacksonville with Cushing being one of five playes who suffered a concussion. , who suffered a concussion during Houston's Week 1 loss to the Jaguars

With Cushing out, according to defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. , the Texans are going to turn to a linebacker-by-committee to replace him with Texans rookies Dylan Cole and second-round draft pick Zach Cunningham getting most of the snaps

"Everybody's going to play,'" Vrabel said, too. All hands are on deck.", via the Houston Chronicle. "Zach will be in there. Dylan will be in there. I'm sure Brian Peters will play in the game

As for Cushing, when Houston selected him with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Cushing has started in all 100 games that he's played in during his nine seasons with the team. , he's been a key part of the Texans' defense ever since 2009

Texans already in panic mode ahead of Week 2 clash with Bengals?

the Houston Texans' construction of their offensive line has laid bare issues at quarterback and put the viability of their season at risk.,Authentic Whitney Mercilus Jersey,There are precious few Week 1 concerns so pressing that a team would consider its season a catastrophe should they manifest themslves. However

Even after the franchise traded up in the first round of the draft to select Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson 12th overall, citing both experience and familiarity with the offense as primary reasons behind that decision., Texans head coach Bill O'Brien stood firm on his commitment to fourth-year veteran Tom Savage as his starting signal-caller

Thirty minutes into the first game of the season,Authentic Will Fuller V Jersey, O'Brien flip-flopped, O'Brien deduced that the mobile Watson could effectively elude pressure and provide the Texans a sorely needed offensive spark.,Authentic Nick Martin Jersey, benching Savage at the intermission of the Texans' embarrassing 29-7 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and tossing his rookie feet first into the fire, a blaze raging behind an offensive line functioning more like a sieve. With Savage sacked six times in the first half

The Jaguars dumped Watson four times in the second half. An offensive line missing right tackle Derek Newton, wasn't any more effective at protecting Watson than it was Savage. Guards Jeff Allen and Xavier Su'a-Filo and replacement tackles Kendall Lamm and Breno Giacomini underperformed badly,Authentic Braxton Miller Jersey, sidelined following surgery to repair both patellar tendons, surrendering pressure repeatedly., and left tackle Duane Brown,Authentic Tyler Ervin Jersey, holding out over a contract dispute

Now, behind the turnstiles charged with providing him a suitable pocket. O'Brien did not publicly commit to Watson as his starter, with the Texans (0-1) set to face the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) in Cincinnati on Thursday night, but according to published reports that is the direction the Texans are leaning as they strive to revive an offensive pulse., O'Brien appears poised to shift his allegiance to Watson despite there being no evidence that Watson will survive, let alone excel

"I don't think it changes that much for either guy, but it (the offense) doesn't really change too much."," O'Brien said. "They both obviously have different skillsets. There's maybe three or four different plays that we run and vice versa that the other guy doesn't run

giving way to another backup, who enjoyed a productive preseason, Greg Mancz. The Texans' tight-end depth chart was obliterated by concussions, with C.J. Fiedorowicz, who was on Tuesday placed on injured reserve, Ryan Griffin,Complicating matters should Watson earn his first career start is an avalanche of offensive injuries. Allen (ankle) will not play on Thursday, but will welcome back receiver Jaelen Strong from his one-game suspension., and Stephen Anderson all concussed against the Jaguars. Houston also lost receiver Bruce Ellington, to a concussion

the offensive line remains broken and the depth chart compromised. That makes for a volatile mix liable to explode with additional agitation.,Whatever decision is made at quarterback

"No," Savage said. "I don't think he (O'Brien) owes either of us any explanation. We just have to be ready. That's called being a professional.", I'm not waiting to have that conversation

Cincinnati mustered a measly 221 total yards on 58 plays.,The Bengals aren't in the position to scoff at the Texans' struggles. In absorbing a home shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens

For all the promise assigned to rookie running back Joe Mixon,Womens Whitney Mercilus Jersey, he produced just nine yards on eight carries in his debut. The Bengals' tailback depth, or 3.6 per rush.,Womens Will Fuller V Jersey, with Mixon supporting accomplished veterans Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill, amassed only 75 yards on 21 carries

However, 2014,Womens Nick Martin Jersey, the most galling development was the woeful performance of veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, who completed 16 of 31 attempts for 170 yards with four interceptions. He posted a 28.4 passer rating and, when he passed for 86 yards with three interceptions in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.,Womens Braxton Miller Jersey, by that metric, delivered his worst showing since Nov. 6

Given their sub-.500 finish of 2016, the last thing Cincinnati anticipated in its opener was Dalton struggling so mightily in defeat.,Womens Tyler Ervin Jersey, their first following five consecutive postseason berths

"It happened," Dalton said. "Not the start that we wanted to have but for us, and so we're pushing to do whatever we can to get a win this week on Thursday.", our mindset is we have 15 more. There's a long season ahead of us

Said Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis: "I'm very confident that Andy will (bounce back). That's uncharacteristic ... to his play. We need him to play better and I expect him to play better as we move forward."

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