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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

Texans land CB Joseph

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 9:09 p.m. ET
The Texans have signed free agent CB Johnathan Joseph, filling a major area of need on their roster.

Report: Leinart staying in Houston

Posted July 27, 2011 @ 2:20 p.m. ET
Less than 24 hours after a report sent him to Seattle, QB Matt Leinart will remain in Houston, agreeing to a deal with the Texans.

Report: Texans, DL Lewis agree to deal

Posted July 26, 2011 @ 7:55 p.m. ET
The Texans and DL Damione Lewis agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

Report: Texans agree to deal with OT Butler, WR Jones

Posted July 26, 2011 @ 9:39 a.m. ET
The Texans agreed to a new contracts with OT Rashad Butler and WR Jacoby Jones, according to PFW correspondent and Houston Chronicle writer John McClain. 

Texans unlikely to pursue Burress

Posted July 21, 2011 @ 1:13 p.m. ET
Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress is interested in signing with the Texans, but we hear Houston is an unlikely landing spot.

Texans make changes in scouting department

Posted July 18, 2011 @ 6:54 p.m. ET
The Texans announced Mike Maccagnan as their new director of college scouting and Dale Strahm as a national college scout.

Texans, Saints cancel joint training-camp practices

Posted July 13, 2011 @ 9:05 p.m. ET
The Texans and the Saints have cancelled three joint practices before their Aug. 20 preseason game at Reliant Stadium.

Texans will attempt to re-sign WR Jones

Posted July 07, 2011 @ 10:54 a.m. ET
One of the Texans' first orders of business once free agency begins is re-signing WR Jacoby Jones.

Key Texans defenders recovering well from injuries

Posted July 01, 2011 @ 10 a.m. ET
The Texans' players invited the media for the first day of their unofficial minicamp, giving PFW's source on the scene an injury update on several key members of the "D."

Great offenses successfully overcoming poor 'D'

Posted June 20, 2011 @ 1:14 p.m. ET
The 2010 Patriots had the league's best record despite boasting a poor defense. This is part of a recent trend that begs the question, can QB Matt Schaub and the Texans finally break through?

AFC South best bets to break through in 2011

Posted June 19, 2011 @ 11:19 a.m. ET
PFW identifies four players from the AFC South who are ready for coming-out parties in 2011 (clockwise from left) — Connor Barwin, Donald Brown, Jared Cook and Mike Thomas.

Whisenhunt, Kubiak to embark on USO tour

Posted June 16, 2011 @ 10:32 a.m. ET
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak and Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt will join this year's USO tour to the Persian Gulf to meet and greet members of the U.S. military.

Texans still looking for another starting safety

Posted June 15, 2011 @ 7:05 p.m. ET
If the Texans find that the free-agent market for safeties is not to their liking, there are at least two candidates on the roster who could vie for a starting job in 2011.

TE Daniels healthy, eager to get back to work

Posted June 03, 2011 @ 4 p.m. ET
Texans TE Owen Daniels is anxious to get back on the field and pick up where he left off in the final four games last season.

Second-year RBs Tate, Hardesty looking up at stars

Posted June 02, 2011 @ 11:53 a.m. ET
After missing their rookie seasons with injuries, RBs Ben Tate and Montario Hardesty are now stuck behind a couple of the league's best backs.

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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