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Cushing Suspension Saga: McNair To Meet With Goodell Monday

Marc Berman of My Fox Houston broke the story late Sunday night that Texans owner Bob McNair will meet with Roger Goodell Monday in the hopes of getting Brian Cushing's suspension reduced or eliminated.

League sources told FOX 26 McNair will present new evidence to the commissioner that he hopes will help Cushing's cause.

According to sources Cushing has been going through a battery of medical tests with hopes of showing the NFL the elevated levels of hCG found in his body were naturally occurring.

HCG is a human fertility drug and is on the league's list of banned substances.

Cushing has denied ever using PEDs and McNair, while fully supporting the NFL's program against the use of them, has said publicly many times he believes his player.

Obviously, this is a story with huge ramifications on the Texans season. Missing Cushing for even one game is a huge blow after he had one of the best rookie seasons in NFL history. I'll offer a "no comment' on the steroid issue, as I don't really care one way or another. But it's very promising news that the Texans believe they have the evidence to pull this off. 

If McNair can somehow convince Goodell to even cut the suspension in half, he should be in the running for Texans MVP this year. This could be an enormous day for the franchise. And after his public comments on Mario Williams and Amobi Okoye, it's nice to see McNair go to bat for one of his guys. 

Almost as nice as it would be to watch everyone who rushed to judgement on the issue have to eat their own words, should this evidence be compelling.

For more on this story and other Texans news, check out Battle Red Blog.

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