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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

Playoff scenarios for Week 14

Posted Dec. 06, 2011 @ 1:16 p.m. ET
Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 14, as provided by the NFL.

Texans' 'D' continues its dominance in win over Falcons

Posted Dec. 05, 2011 @ 6:42 p.m. ET
The Texans' defense came up big again, holding the Falcons to their lowest point total of the season in Sunday's 17-10 Houston victory.

Texans get sixth straight win, beat Falcons 17-10

Posted Dec. 04, 2011 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
Rookie T.J. Yates threw a touchdown pass in his first NFL start, Arian Foster rushed for 111 yards and Houston overcame another hamstring injury to Andre Johnson to beat Atlanta 17-10 on Sunday.

Dolphins waive QB Rosenfels

Posted Dec. 01, 2011 @ 6:38 p.m. ET
After reportedly refusing to let QB Sage Rosenfels go, the Dolphins have waived him from the non-football injury list, his agent, Rick Smith, confirmed.

Texans' special teams loom large with rookie under center

Posted Dec. 01, 2011 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
With rookie QB T.J. Yates under center, Houston will lean more on other areas of the club, including a strong return game.

Texans sign QB Delhomme

Posted Nov. 29, 2011 @ 5:41 p.m. ET
After Matt Leinart was placed on injured reserve, on Tuesday the Texans signed QB Jake Delhomme to provide insurance behind rookie QB T.J. Yates.

The First Fifteen: Week 13

Posted Nov. 29, 2011 @ 2:42 p.m. ET
If he's healthy, Troy Polamalu and the Steelers will have another chance to take down Andy Dalton and the Bengals; plus the rest of the Week 13 action.

Week 12 Players of the Week

Posted Nov. 29, 2011 @ 12:37 p.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Chris "Beanie" Wells, Connor Barwin and Shane Lechler as its Players of the Week.

Texans' fortunes hang on rookie QB Yates

Posted Nov. 28, 2011 @ 6:53 p.m. ET
The Texans are down to Plan C at quarterback: rookie fifth-rounder T.J. Yates. Their run game and "D" will be pivotal, but Yates also must make some plays to keep the train rolling.

Leinart done for the season with broken collarbone

Posted Nov. 28, 2011 @ 5:37 p.m. ET
Just two quarters into his first NFL start in two seasons, Matt Leinart's season ended with a broken left collarbone.

Shorts and Shells: Week 12

Posted Nov. 28, 2011 @ 4:30 a.m. ET
The Texans have a new man in the spotlight; Ndamukong Suh let his teammates down; the real reasons the Broncos are winning; and much more from Week 12.

Texans lose Leinart, but beat Jags

Posted Nov. 27, 2011 @ 4:26 p.m. ET
Matt Leinart injured his throwing shoulder, overshadowing Houston's 20-13 victory against the offensively inept Jaguars on Sunday.

Leinart leaves game with shoulder injury

Posted Nov. 27, 2011 @ 3:06 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Leinart suffered a shoulder injury late in the first half of the team's Week 12 game vs. Jacksonville and will not return.

Texans ORT Winston becomes blind-side protector of Leinart

Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
With Matt Schaub heading to injured reserve, the spotlight will be on Texans QB Matt Leinart, but ORT Eric Winston also will have added responsibility.

Texans place Schaub on I.R.; sign Clemens

Posted Nov. 23, 2011 @ 12:41 p.m. ET
The Texans have placed QB Matt Schaub on injured reserve and signed Kellen Clemens to be a backup to new starter Matt Leinart.

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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