Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended 10 games for a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. This is Cushing’s second violation of the policy. Cushing will be able to return to the Texans active roster on November 28th.¬†NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Wednesday about the suspension of Cushing.

The NFL released the following statement on the suspension of Cushing.

Cushing left Sunday’s game with a concussion and was not available to play Thursday night.¬†Cushing has had an issue with injuries in his career missing 23 games due to injury in eight seasons, four games have been missed due to a previous PED violation. This could be the end of the road for Cushing in Houston if not the NFL with his injury history and now a potential two-year suspension for another PED violation. Cushing’s replacement in Houston is Zach Cunningham and will now be thrust into duty much earlier than anticipated.

If Houston has a sub-par season it is hard to see how Cushing remains on the roster. A potential coaching change could be on the horizon and Cushing be a casualty of a regime change. If a new coaching staff is brought in they would not want to be potentially handcuffed to a player who is one PED violation away from a two-year suspension. This is most likely the final straw for Cushing in Houston.