The Houston Texans claim that linebacker Brian Cushing tested positive for HCG because of “overtrained athlete syndrome,” the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Cushing for four games. Cushing says he has not used HCG, which is banned by the NFL because it can be used as a masking agent for steroids.
Cushing has convinced team owner Bob McNair that he is innocent. Cushing believes that when he overtrains and then stops, it elevates the HCG in his body enough to produce a positive test.
“That’s the final diagnosis we came up with,” Cushing told the Chronicle. “A lot of doctors support it as to why this has happened – the overtrained athlete syndrome. Anytime you take a leave of absence (from training), you get a hormone spike.
“Every individual is genetically different. I had a unique situation where something like this occurred, and we have the science to back it up.”