Overtrained athlete syndrome: Fail

METAIRIE, La. -- Unsurprisingly, commissioner Roger Goodell decided not to alter Brian Cushing's suspension based on the evidence Bob McNair offered for overtrained athlete syndrome.

Here’s the statement from the league:

"At the request of Texans owner Bob McNair, Commissioner Goodell reviewed additional medical information presented on behalf of Brian Cushing. The club and Cushing were notified today that after carefully considering all the information, including a review by outside medical experts, the commissioner finds no basis for changing the decision and that Mr. Cushing’s suspension for the first four games of the regular season remains in place."

Here’s my initial reaction to the defense.

I just happened to talk to Bernard Pollard about Cushing before the news, and will link to the news story where you can find his thoughts shortly.