HOUSTON — Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said Thursday that he never used any banned substances even though he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
Cushing was suspended for four games without pay last week for violating the NFL's drug policy. Cushing confirmed he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug on the NFL's banned list.
"The question of how it got into my body is still unclear," he said.
He said he was told HCG can enter a body via injections or because of tumors. He said this led him to believe he had tumors: "I played the whole season thinking this could not only be my last season, but my last year."
"If it was me, I probably would have just stripped (the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year award)," Packers receiver James Jones said on Milwaukee radio station 1250-AM, profootballtalk.com reported.
Cushing won an AP revote for that honor but lost his spot as second-team All-Pro; that went to Chicago's Lance Briggs.
VIKINGS CASE: The league asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision that let Vikings defensive linemen Kevin and Pat Williams challenge their four-game suspensions for violating antidrug policy. The Williamses, no relation, tested positive in 2008 for a banned diuretic not listed as an ingredient on the label for a weight-loss supplement they took. The players sued to block the suspensions and a federal judge in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in their favor.
MORE JURISPRUDENCE: Former Saints security director Geoffrey Santini withdrew his lawsuit against the club because the team's lawyers are sending the matter to arbitration. … Prosecutors say because there is insufficient evidence, they will not file criminal charges against former running back Corey Dillon, who was arrested this month after an argument with his wife.
JETS: All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis has begun talks on renegotiating his initial contract. Revis, due to make $1 million this season, is entering the fourth season of his six-year deal.