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Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing - #56 - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 3"/ 255 lbs.
Birthday 01/24/1987
Birthplace Park Ridge, NJ
College USC
Years played 5
Drafted 2009, 1st round, 15th pick by Texans

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

Tack FF Int
30 1 1

Houston Texans: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
We highlight the top three needs on offense and defense for the Houston Texans, and take a look back at their 2012 draft class

Baker to lead Houston's Super Bowl bid

Posted Feb. 25, 2013 @ 3:35 p.m. ET
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker will lead Houston's bid to host the Super Bowl in 2017.

Texans want Barwin back despite disappointing 2012

Posted Feb. 07, 2013 @ 2:55 p.m. ET
The Texans' ability to re-sign OLB Connor Barwin — or not re-sign — likely impacts what direction they go in the draft.

Texans RB Foster has not talked surgery

Posted Feb. 01, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster released a statement Friday after an NFL Network report indicated he would undergo a heart procedure.

Foster: Don't expect 100 percent play at Pro Bowl

Posted Jan. 25, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m. ET
Houston RB Arian Foster says players are going to step up at the Pro Bowl this year, but don't expect 100 percent effort.

Texans won't rule out drafting QB

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
Despite publicly supporting Matt Schaub, Texans coach Gary Kubiak will at least consider drafting a quarterback in April, we hear.

Watt named PFW/PFWA Defensive Player of the Year

Posted Jan. 16, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m. ET
Texans DE J.J. Watt, still two months shy of his 24th birthday, is the youngest PFW/PFWA Defensive Player of the Year winner ever.

Texans WR Posey tears Achilles tendon

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m. ET
Texans WR DeVier Posey tore his Achilles tendon, the rookie confirmed after Sunday’s divisional-round loss to the Patriots.

Patriots beat Texans, Ravens up next

Posted Jan. 13, 2013 @ 8:28 p.m. ET
Stevan Ridley ran for 82 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots roll to a 41-28 victory over the Texans.

Texans got good mileage out of backup inside 'backers

Posted Jan. 12, 2013 @ 8:05 p.m. ET
Despite injuries taking their toll on Texans' ILBs this season, we hear there won't be a major rush to address the position in the draft.

Friday injury report for divisional playoffs

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 4:14 p.m. ET
Here is the Friday injury report for the divisional playoffs, showing to what degree injured players participated in their teams' practices.

Key matchup: Texans passing game vs. Patriots pass 'D'

Posted Jan. 11, 2013 @ 1:09 p.m. ET
The Texans’ key to avenging a Week 14 embarrassment and advancing to the AFC title game will be QB Matt Schaub. 

Ryan, Falcons understand situation they're in

Posted Jan. 08, 2013 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
The Falcons and QB Matt Ryan are aware of the pressures they face this weekend in what should be a strong divisional slate of games.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Defining moment for Texans, Schaub

Posted Jan. 08, 2013 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
The Texans-Patriots rematch should be more competitive this time around. For the Texans to pull the upset, Matt Schaub must rise to the occasion.

Texans' offense still uneven, but making progress

Posted Jan. 06, 2013 @ 2:21 p.m. ET
One offensive TD by the Texans is unlikely to cut it in Foxborough Sunday, but at least the group showed signs of breaking through in the wild-card round victory over the Bengals.

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Oct. 12, 2012
Cushing is turning his focus to his recovery in the wake of a season-ending knee injury.||||||| Cushing, Houston's leading tackler, was hurt in the Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets on Monday night on a low, rolling hit by guard Matt Slauson. He was placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. A first-round draft pick in 2009, Cushing has no timetable for his return, saying that he's going to "be smart" about it.
Posted Oct. 09, 2012
Cushing is out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. Cushing was hurt in the second quarter of the Texans' 23-17 win over the New York Jets on a low block by guard Matt Slauson. Cushing walked off the field on his own, but didn't return.||||||| Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that Cushing has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery. Tim Dobbins moved into Cushing's spot in the lineup, and finished with four tackles and a pass deflection.
Posted Oct. 08, 2012
Cushing hurt his left knee in Monday night's 23-17 victory over the New York Jets and coach Gary Kubiak said he is "very concerned" about it. Several Texans also worried that Cushing's injury could be long-term.||||||| Cushing left in the second quarter and the team said he will not return to the game. Cushing led the Texans with 38 sacks entering the game. He was the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Posted Oct. 04, 2010
Cushing has rejoined the Houston Texans, ending his four-game NFL suspension, and coach Gary Kubiak says he'll play in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.||||||| Cushing was not available for comment Monday. The Texans return to practice Wednesday. Kubiak says Cushing will go through an individual workout on Tuesday. Cushing, last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year, was suspended in May for testing positive for HCG, a fertility drug that's on the NFL's banned substances list. HCG can be used to mask steroid use.
Posted Aug. 09, 2010
Cushing says his positive test for a fertility drug was the result of overtraining. Cushing is suspended for the first four games this season after testing positive last September for HCG, a drug on the league's banned substance list. Cushing says he never took the drug, which can be used to restart testosterone production after a steroid cycle, and has no idea how it got into his body.||||||| Cushing worked out with his team on Monday morning. He says doctors have told him that the failed drug test resulted from "overtraining athlete syndrome," a condition that he says can trigger hormonal spikes. Texans owner Bob McNair flew to New York on Monday to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in hopes of getting Cushing's punishment reduced. The league denied Cushing's appeal of the suspension in February.

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