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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

The First Fifteen: Week 12

Posted Nov. 22, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m. ET
Previewing the three terrific Turkey Day games; the crucial Giants-Saints Monday-nighter; Matt Leinart's first start for the Texans; and much more.

Texans' Leinart has great weapons, coaching working in his favor

Posted Nov. 17, 2011 @ 4:03 p.m. ET
Texans new starting QB Matt Leinart has not attempted a regular-season pass in more than two years, but we hear he is in a great position to succeed.

Beware the Ides of November?

Posted Nov. 17, 2011 @ 12:48 p.m. ET
Matt Leinart is getting a second chance to prove he belongs in the NFL, but Tom Danyluk reminds us that November has not been friendly terrain for the Texans.

QB Leinart gets his chance with Texans in need

Posted Nov. 15, 2011 @ 5:59 p.m. ET
When the Texans return from their bye next week, Matt Leinart will have a first-place team to lead now that Matt Schaub is out indefinitely.

The First Fifteen: Week 11

Posted Nov. 15, 2011 @ 1:39 p.m. ET
Taking an early look at the Week 11 contests of note, including Falcons-Titans, Bengals-Ravens, Eagles-Giants and plenty more.

Report: Texans QB Schaub done for the season

Posted Nov. 14, 2011 @ 6 p.m. ET
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak announced that Matt Leinart will start at quarterback in Week 12, as Matt Schaub will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Schaub, Texans have no trouble with Bucs

Posted Nov. 13, 2011 @ 4:52 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub threw for two long touchdowns to help the AFC South-leading Houston Texans beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 37-9.

Texans thrilled with FB Vickers

Posted Nov. 11, 2011 @ 1:47 p.m. ET
Texans FB Lawrence Vickers and the Houston rushing attack was so good in James Casey's absence that Vickers has taken over the starting job.

The First Fifteen: Week 10

Posted Nov. 08, 2011 @ 1:14 p.m. ET
We take an early look at a huge AFC North tussle, another big one in the NFC South and all the rest of the best action in Week 10.

Too much Foster, Tate for Browns

Posted Nov. 06, 2011 @ 4:16 p.m. ET
Arian Foster rushed for 124 yards, Ben Tate ran for 115 and both scored touchdowns in the Texans' 30-12 win over the Browns.

Browns-Texans matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Nov. 05, 2011 @ 8 a.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Texans game.

Browns-Texans matchup of the day: Friday

Posted Nov. 04, 2011 @ 10:44 a.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Texans game.

Texans ILB Ryans will resume greater workload

Posted Nov. 03, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m. ET
Texans ILB DeMeco Ryans will be tested following the season-ending quad injury to reserve Darryl Sharpton.

Browns-Texans matchup of the day: Thursday

Posted Nov. 03, 2011 @ 10:58 a.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Texans game.

Browns-Texans matchup of the day: Wednesday

Posted Nov. 02, 2011 @ 4:05 p.m. ET
Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Browns-Texans game.

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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