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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

AFC South training-camp reports

Posted July 18, 2012 @ 11:19 a.m. ET
Pro Football Weekly's preview of what to expect from the Texans, Colts, Jaguars and Titans in training camp.

Biggest regrets: These 2012 moves will be rued

Posted July 16, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
These will be the 10 biggest regrets when we look back at moves made in 2012.

CB Joseph rips Bengals, praises Texans

Posted July 15, 2012 @ 11:37 a.m. ET
Texans CB Johnathan Joseph, who spent his first five pro seasons with the Bengals, took an opportunity to take shots at his old team.

Texans think rookie OG Brooks can be a starter

Posted July 14, 2012 @ 2:29 p.m. ET
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak called out rookie OG Brandon Brooks for being overweight because he thinks Brooks can be a starter.

Report: Texans QB Schaub cleared for camp

Posted July 12, 2012 @ 7:58 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub has been cleared for the start of training camp after suffering a lisfranc injury last season.

Texans won't negotiate with Schaub until after 2012 season

Posted July 06, 2012 @ 4:10 p.m. ET
Contrary to a report that surfaced on Friday, the Texans won't begin contract talks with QB Matt Schaub until after the 2012 season.

RB Ward announces retirement

Posted July 03, 2012 @ 5:25 p.m. ET
Former Giants and Texans RB Derrick Ward announced his retirement on Twitter on Tuesday.

Insider: Harbaugh should be 'frustrated' with Ravens' roster

Posted June 24, 2012 @ 5:50 p.m. ET
An NFL insider said there is only average offensive talent in Baltimore, and Jim Harbaugh should be frustrated with the state of the Ravens' roster.

Texans win PFWA Rozelle Award

Posted June 20, 2012 @ 2:19 p.m. ET
The Texans' public relations staff won the 2012 Pete Rozelle Award by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Best NFL defense: Seahawks or Texans?

Posted June 18, 2012 @ 3:13 p.m. ET
In the latest "In the Trenches" video series, Pro Football Weekly is searching for the best defense in the NFL

Schaub's absence hurting Texans' rookie receivers

Posted June 18, 2012 @ 11:53 a.m. ET
In NFL Whispers, we look at the impact QB Matt Schaub's absence from OTAs is having on the Texans' rookie wide receivers.

Texans still fired up about ILB James

Posted June 16, 2012 @ 1:28 p.m. ET
New Texans ILB Bradie James has been so impressive that the spot vacated by DeMeco Ryans is now his to lose.

Trio of NFL coaches honoring late friend 'Dinger

Posted June 15, 2012 @ 2:21 p.m. ET
Three NFL coaches are honoring the late Mike Heimerdinger by helping his foundation raise cancer awareness.

McNair's patience results in Smith, Kubiak extensions

Posted June 14, 2012 @ 5:40 p.m. ET
The contract extensions rewarded to Texans GM Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak wouldn't have been possible without patience and loyalty of owner Bob McNair.

Texans extend contracts of Kubiak, GM Smith

Posted June 14, 2012 @ 11:39 a.m. ET
The Texans have extended the contracts of head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith.

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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