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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

Mitchell vying to be Texans' top nose tackle

Posted March 18, 2011 @ 11:52 a.m. ET
Earl Mitchell, who could be the Texans' starting nose tackle next season, is working out on his own and watching Cowboys' DVDs with an eye on getting up to speed in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. 

Packers solid NFC favorites in Nevada

Posted March 08, 2011 @ 11:36 a.m. ET
In his first offseason look at conference-title and Super Bowl odds, PFW's Mike Wilkening sees a case for the Packers being clear NFC favorites — and wonders if a long shot can't surprise in the AFC.

Texans add defensive assistant

Posted March 04, 2011 @ 4:03 p.m. ET
The Texans hired Bobby King as a defensive assistant, the team announced on Friday.

TE Daniels signs new deal with Texans

Posted March 03, 2011 @ 1:06 p.m. ET
Owen Daniels will remain a Texan for at least four more seasons after signing an extension Thursday.

AFC South free-agent preview

Posted March 03, 2011 @ 7 a.m. ET
With the owners and players mired in negotiations, the beginning of free agency is likely to be delayed. Yet, PFW examines the free-agent picture for each club, with the AFC South featured today.

Texans' Quin might move to free safety

Posted Feb. 27, 2011 @ 12:05 p.m. ET
Texans CB Glover Quin could be in the mix at free safety next season, head coach Gary Kubiak said at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Texans released Eugene Wilson, their starting free safety in 2010, on Feb. 18.

Report: Texans RB Foster has knee scoped

Posted Feb. 23, 2011 @ 3:08 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, according to PFW correspondent John McClain.

Texans waive veteran FS Wilson, four others

Posted Feb. 18, 2011 @ 4:43 p.m. ET
The Texans released five players Friday, including FS Eugene Wilson, who started 13 games last season.

AFC South 2010 season-in-review team reports

Posted Feb. 16, 2011 @ 9:18 a.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster exploded onto the NFL scene with 231 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a Week One win over the Colts. He went on to lead the league in rushing with 1,616 yards.

Four new coaches on Texans' staff

Posted Feb. 11, 2011 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
The Texans agreed to terms with four assistant coaches on Friday, including former Cowboys assistant Reggie Herring and ex-49ers secondary coach Vance Joseph.

Texans' return game sputtered in 2010

Posted Feb. 06, 2011 @ 7:26 p.m. ET
Its struggles may have been lost in a season defined by some draining losses and subpar defensive play, but the Texans' return game was far from a strength in 2010.

All-time greats and busts among defensive top picks

Posted Jan. 30, 2011 @ 12:51 p.m. ET
The NFList looks at the last seven defensive players selected No. 1 overall, dating back to DE Bruce Smith in 1985, and examines how they fared.

Texans' plans at nose tackle remain to be seen

Posted Jan. 22, 2011 @ 11:52 p.m. ET
One of the many questions facing the Texans in the transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 is who will play nose tackle.

Diligence propelled Texans' Foster to breakout season

Posted Jan. 21, 2011 @ 2:12 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster is the winner of the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA 2010 Most Improved Player of the Year.

Texans FB Leach's physicality sets him apart

Posted Jan. 14, 2011 @ 12:29 p.m. ET
FB Vonta Leach's importance to the Texans' running game was not lost on Pro Bowl voters.

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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