Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing rip Texans fans for cheering Matt Schaub injury

Matt Schaub ankle

Andre Johnson and Brian Cushing ripped Houston Texans fans for cheering when quarterback Matt Schaub went down with a lower leg injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s 38-13 blowout loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Schaub was sacked by Chris Long late in the third quarter and had his ankle bent awkwardly as he was tackled. You could hear many of the home fans cheering when Schaub was on the ground in pain and receiving treatment from trainers. That didn’t sit well with many of Schaub’s teammates.

Wide receiver Andre Johnson said the move showed “no class” and that even Rams players couldn’t believe the fan reaction.

“No class. It’s bad when members of the other team are saying that’s messed up. No class,” Johnson said, per Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.

Linebacker Brian Cushing termed the fan reaction “barbaric,” per Sports Radio 610’s Will Grubb.

Grubb also reports that backup quarterback T.J. Yates, who replaced Schaub, said the cheering was “disrespectful” and made him mad.

This is just the latest example of Texans fans going overboard with their poor treatment of Schaub, who admittedly is having a terrible season. First a group of fans burned his jersey, then a restaurant mocked him with a menu item, and then a report said some fans went to his home to confront him over his poor play. We get that he’s having a terrible year and you’re miserable about it, but give the guy a break.

Way to keep it classy, Texans fans.

Matt Slauson, who cheap-shotted Brian Cushing, ripped Ndamukong Suh last year for being dirty

Jets offensive tackle Matt Slauson may have knocked Texans linebacker Brian Cushing out for the season by diving at his legs from behind on Monday night.

Cushing was pursuing Jets running back Bilal Powell on a running play in the second quarter when Slauson dove at him from behind with a cut block that caused Cushing’s left knee to buckle. Texans reporter John McClain said Cushing appeared to be done for the season with a torn ACL.

In an ironic twist, as our friend Mark Rafferty pointed out, Slauson is the same player who ripped Ndamukong Suh last season for being a dirty player.

“Somebody needs to get him under control, because he’s trying to hurt people,” Slauson said of Suh last November. “It’s one thing to be an incredibly physical player and a tenacious player, but it’s another thing to set out to end that guy’s career.

“I’m all for physicality, but within the framework of the game,” Slauson told the New York Post. “I know it takes a different type of person to be a defensive lineman — you’ve kinda got to be a jerk who wants to take the quarterback’s head off. But you [shouldn't] literally want to kill them like he does.”

So did Slauson’s chop block at the knees fall within the framework of the game? Does that not qualify as “trying to hurt people”? Maybe Slauson should realize that players do some things they’re not proud of during the heat of the game. And maybe he should apologize for his questionable play.

Cushing Blames ‘Overtrained Athlete Syndrome’ for Positve Test

Has Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing been using steroids since high school?  Of course not.  He insists he hasn’t, so we have to believe him, right?  At first I was skeptical, but now we’ve got a medical diagnosis that supports Cushing’s denial.  The former USC star trains so hard for such an extended period of time that he’s become a product of “overtrained athlete suyndrome,” which supposedly spikes an athlete’s hCG levels and causes a testosterone imbalance.  Cushing tested positive for increased levels of hCG back in May, resulting in a four-game suspension:

Everything points to that overtrained athlete syndrome,” Cushing said, walking back to the Texans’ locker room after their afternoon practice. “I’m pretty sure it is. I’m pretty positive. I didn’t take anything. It’s not a tainted supplement. So all roads lead to that.”

Does it get any more lame than this?  I don’t think anyone has to go further than reading the name of the syndrome before wanting to laugh.  I bet members of the AP will buy this excuse, but I certainly don’t.  It’s funny how we’ve never heard of such a thing with any other player who’s tested positive for a steroid-related substance.

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AP Members Are a Joke for Revoting Cushing Defensive Rookie of the Year

We have a category here at LBS called “Policing the Media” which is invoked when we’re getting on the media for being out of line. This is the ultimate case where the media must be called out for its pathetic actions. On Friday, it was revealed that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing would be suspended four games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s drug policy. After the weekend we found out that the positive test occurred in a random test during the 2009 season. Based on this new information, the Associated Press decided to re-vote on the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award that went to Cushing. They voted again on Wednesday and Cushing still won the award. I am dumbfounded and horrified that we have people so incapable of making reasonable decisions based on new information. Here was the reasoning behind two of the 18 voters who still put Cushing first on their list:

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Long Rumor Confirmed: Brian Cushing Busted for Steroids

One of the longest standing rumors in football circles was finally confirmed on Friday evening. Adam Schefter reported that Houston Texans linebacker and reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Brian Cushing has been suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Making matters worse for Cushing is his appeal was already denied by the NFL. As Pro Football Talk points out, Cushing joins Shawne Merriman and Julius Peppers as the third Defensive Rookie of the Year to be busted for steroids in the last eight years.

As far back as high school, Cushing was rumored to be a steroids user. Cushing went on to star at USC despite being limited by shoulder and ankle injuries at various points in his career. Then around draft time in 2009, a report said both Cushing and fellow USC linebacker Clay Matthews tested positive for steroids at the combine. That report turned out to be false. Now, we have confirmation that Cushing has used steroids. Whether he’s been escaping positive tests for years and just now was finally caught or if he just began using we don’t know. We do know that one of the longest standing rumors in football circles has finally been confirmed: Brian Cushing is a steroids user. Maybe some of the teams that passed him up in the draft are saying “told you so.”

Cushing suspended 4 games [Adam Schefter/ESPN]