Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, a former USC teammate of Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, said he was surprised to hear the news that Cushing would miss the first four games of the 2010 season after being suspended for a positive test for performance enhancing drugs.

“I’ve lived with him for two years at school. I can honestly say that he’s one of the most cautious dieticians,” Sanchez said. “He’s so into nutrition. The story really surprised me.”

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Sanchez said he exchanged texts with Cushing when he heard the news. He declined to reveal what was in the texts.

“I don’t want to say too much because I don’t know all the facts,” Sanchez said. “The most important thing would be to get all the facts before we pass judgment on him. I obviously support him 100 percent. I think he’s a great person. He was a great roommate and a great teammate. 

“It’s just hard for me to see that he would put his body in jeopardy like that. I know how cautious he is and smart about nutrition. So it really kind of blew me away. … I texted him right away and said, ‘Hey man, I’m here for you. Anything you need.’ He’s a great kid and he’ll make it through.”

Cushing was the runaway winner of the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for 2009. But the AP has called for a re-vote after Cushing's suspension became public. The voting was scheduled to end at noon today, and an announcement is expected this afternoon.