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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 Aug. 15, 2011 @ 8:30 p.m. ET
How will Mario Williams adapt to the switch from defensive end to rush linebacker in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense? The answer will be key to the Texans' showing this season, as PFW examines the AFC South teams.

Texans' Quin making seamless transition to safety

Posted Aug. 14, 2011 @ 3:21 p.m. ET
Mario Williams is not the only member of the Texans converting to a new position. Former CB Glover Quin has made a seamless transition to safety.

Texas add WR Darling, RB Williams

Posted Aug. 12, 2011 @ 1:21 p.m. ET
The Texans signed free-agent WR Devard Darling and RB Javarris Williams on Friday.

ILB Dobbins signs with Houston

Posted Aug. 06, 2011 @ 2:01 p.m. ET
Former Dolphins ILB Tim Dobbins agreed to terms with the Texans on Saturday, his agent David Canter announced on Twitter.

Foster leaves practice with hamstring injury

Posted Aug. 06, 2011 @ 11:10 a.m. ET
Last year's leading rusher, Texans RB Arian Foster, left Friday's practice with an apparent left hamstring injury.

Competition at cornerback fierce in Houston

Posted Aug. 05, 2011 @ 2:09 p.m. ET
The Texans will have some difficult decisions to make at the CB position in training camp.

Pollard signs two-year deal with Ravens

Posted Aug. 04, 2011 @ noon ET
S Bernard Pollard signed a two-year contract with Baltimore on Thursday, it was announced by Ravens executive vice president/general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Texans sign FB Vickers to replace Leach

Posted Aug. 03, 2011 @ 12:28 p.m. ET
The Texans announced Wednesday that they have signed former Browns FB Lawrence Vickers, an unrestricted free agent.

Texans WR Johnson dislocates finger in practice

Posted Aug. 02, 2011 @ 12:20 p.m. ET
WR Andre Johnson left the Texans' Tuesday morning practice with a dislocated left index finger, according to PFW Texans correspondent John McClain.

First-round DE Watt signs with Texans

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 2:28 p.m. ET
J.J. Watt, the 11th overall pick in the draft by the Texans, agreed to a contract on Sunday. Terms of the deal have not been announced.

Ravens sign Pro Bowl FB Leach

Posted July 31, 2011 @ 1:11 p.m. ET
The top fullback on the free-agency market has a new home. Former Texans FB Vonta Leach signed a three-year, $11 million deal with the Ravens.

Colts sign former Texans QB Orlovsky

Posted July 30, 2011 @ 11:46 a.m. ET
Former Texans QB Dan Orlovsky has agreed to terms with the Colts, PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain reported.

Report: Rams agree to terms with LB Diles

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 4:21 p.m. ET
The Rams reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Texans OLB Zac Diles.

Texans' secondary much improved with Joseph, Manning

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 1:43 p.m. ET
The Texans' woeful pass defense got a much needed shot in the arm by signing former Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph and former Bears S Danieal Manning.

Texans sign Bears S Manning

Posted July 29, 2011 @ 12:34 a.m. ET
Former Bears S Danieal Manning has signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Texans that includes $9 million guaranteed.

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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