Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing signed a six-year contract extension worth $52.5 million in new money and $55.643 million over seven years, according to the Houston Chronicle.Cushing, 26, the Texans’ first-round pick in 2009 (No. 15 overall), got a $9 million signing bonus and $21 million guaranteed. His five-year rookie contract, worth $15.9 million, was due to expire at the end of the season.Receiver Andre Johnson restructured his contract to free $5.5 million in salary-cap space for Cushing’s new deal.Cushing started the first five games last year before suffering a torn left ACL and missing the rest of the season.In 2009, Cushing was the NFL defensive rookie of the year and a Pro Bowl selection. But he was suspended for the first four games of the following season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy.Starting suspendedDenver All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is among 20 NFL players suspended for the beginning of the NFL season. Miller will be out for six games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He will miss Thursday night’s opener between Super Bowl champion Baltimore and the Broncos. Two players are suspended for eight games: Ravens defensive back Asa Jackson and Cincinnati defensive end DeQuin Evans, under the performance-enhancing drugs policy. Briefly • Packers: Undrafted rookie guard Lane Taylor, an Arlington Martin graduate who started 47 games at Oklahoma State and earned All-Big 12 honors, made Green Bay’s 53-man roster. • Giants: With running back Andre Brown out for half the season with a fracture in his leg, New York worked out a variety of veteran runners on Tuesday, including Jonathan Dwyer, Beanie Wells, Leon Washington, Kevin Smith, Ryan Grant and Tim Hightower. But a signing may come later. Veteran players who have never received “termination pay” have their base salaries guaranteed if they are on the roster for Week 1, according to NFL.com. • Saints: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma will start the season on the injured reserve/designated for return list, meaning he will miss half the season because of knee problems. • Rams: Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who started all 16 games last season but was suspended for the first four this season because of a performance-enhancing substances violation, was released. • Falcons: Former Buccaneers right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was signed to beef up Atlanta’s offensive line. • Browns: Former Cowboys kicker Billy Cundiff signed a one-year, $840,000 contract after making just 7 of 12 field-goal attempts last season with the Redskins. • Bills: Safety Jairus Byrd is dealing with a plantar fasciitis injury in his foot that hampered him last season and could miss some time with the injury’s recurrence, according to NFL.com. • Texans: Rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who suffered a concussion in the preseason, has passed the league’s protocol and is expected to play in Monday’s opener against the Chargers. • Dolphins: Former first-round pick Danny Watkins, a guard out of Baylor, signed a one-year contract with Miami after being cut by the Eagles on Saturday. • Colts: Rookie safety John Boyett, who was arrested Monday on disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest charges, was released.