Brian Cushing

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Wednesday.

Cushing's suspension begins immediately, although he was already ruled out of Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)after sustaining a concussion in last weekend's season-opening 29-7loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 30-year-old Cushing will be eligible to return to the roster onNov. 28, one day after Houston (0-1) faces the Baltimore Ravens.

Cushing previously was suspended four games by the league in 2010for testing positive for a fertility drug that was on the NFL's banned substances list.

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