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Cushing says suspension stemmed from unapproved prescription

AP Sports Writer

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing says his 10-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs stemmed from the use of an unapproved prescription to treat a mental issue.

Cushing would not divulge what he took or exactly what he sought treatment for, only saying: "there was a good amount of things bothering me in this past offseason, most mentally. And I was getting a prescription medication that I probably shouldn't have been."

It's the second time Cushing has been suspended under the same policy after missing the first four games of 2010 after testing positive HCG, a fertility drug that is on the league's banned substance list.

Cushing says other players have approval from the league to take the drug he was suspended for and that he's working with the NFL to get an exemption, too.

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