NEW YORK — Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL's banned substance list.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Cushing had one positive test in September, then subsequently tested negative several times. AP cited a person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the test results were supposed to remain confidential.
The league suspended Cushing for the first four games of the season. He won the AP's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honor in January. Now the AP is doing its voting over for the award, as well as All-Pro outside linebacker because Cushing made the second team.
ESPN first reported the banned substance was human chorionic gonadotropin, which is widely taken by steroid users to help restart natural testosterone production. In 2009, Major League Baseball suspended Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez for 50 games for testing positive for HCG.
BENGALS: Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones resumed his troubled career in a voluntary team workout. Jones spoke for 58 seconds, then left an interview room without taking questions. "To gain you guys' trust is not going to come overnight," said Jones, who has had numerous arrests and suspensions and was out of football last season. "It's going to take time."
BILLS: The team signed running back Chad Simpson, who spent the past two seasons with Indianapolis. Simpson started his college career at USF, then finished at Morgan State. Defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, signed in March, was released.
STEELERS: Wide receiver Limas Sweed went on injured reserve with a torn left Achilles' tendon, meaning he will miss the season. … It's unclear whether suspended quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be allowed to participate when the team resume voluntary offseason workouts next week.
VIKINGS: Former first-round pick Erasmus James pleaded guilty to battery. James, 27, a former defensive end for Wisconsin, was arrested in November after a bar fight in Madison.