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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 Spin cycle: Titans play spoiler on 'MNF'

Posted Dec. 18, 2012 @ 12:31 p.m. ET
The Titans dashed the playoff hopes of the Jets, while the Texans clinched the AFC South with their win over the Colts.

Week 16 playoff scenarios

Posted Dec. 18, 2012 @ 11:37 a.m. ET
First-round byes and playoff spots are up for grabs in Week 16. See how it can happen in the playoff scenarios.

Week 15 Players of the Week

Posted Dec. 18, 2012 @ 8:40 a.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Adrian Peterson, J.J. Watt and Blair Walsh as its Players of the Week.

Peterson, Watt make MVP cases, rally contenders

Posted Dec. 17, 2012 @ 12:36 p.m. ET
In what might be one of the few true head-to-head battles for MVP either Adrian Peterson or J.J. Watt might have the chance to earn the award in Week 16.

Texans clinch AFC South with 29-17 win over Colts

Posted Dec. 16, 2012 @ 4:41 p.m. ET
The Houston Texans are AFC South champions for the second straight year after beating the Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Sunday.

Injuries have taken toll on Texans O-line

Posted Dec. 14, 2012 @ 4:32 p.m. ET
The Texans have missed starting ORT Derek Newton the past two weeks — perhaps even more than initially expected.

Week 15 playoff scenarios

Posted Dec. 11, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
The Texans, Ravens, 49ers and Packers all have opportunities to clinch their respective divisions on Sunday.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Texans will learn from humbling loss

Posted Dec. 11, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m. ET
The Patriots are the class of the AFC, but the Texans are far better than they showed Monday and will respond with a strong effort against the Colts.

Patriots rout Texans in key AFC matchup

Posted Dec. 10, 2012 @ 11:53 p.m. ET
Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns, one to Brandon Lloyd, and the Patriots rolled over the Texans, 42-14, on Monday night.

Friday's 60-second rant: How dangerous is Denver?

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 2:16 p.m. ET
It's difficult to gauge how far the Broncos' have come since early-season losses, but using each week to improve could carry them a long way.

Key matchup: Texans running game vs. Patriots run defense

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 1:20 p.m. ET
In a potential AFC title-game preview between the Patriots and Texans, Arian Foster and Houston's rushing attack will be under the microscope.

Houston could be end of the line for CB Routt

Posted Dec. 07, 2012 @ 1:03 p.m. ET
The suddenly injury-riddled Texans signed CB Stanford Routt this week as an emergency option, but we hear he will be on a very short leash.

Battle for AFC supremacy in Foxborough

Posted Dec. 04, 2012 @ 7:13 p.m. ET
Two AFC heavyweights battle when the Texans travel to New England for a classic Monday-night game; plus, lots more from the Week 14 action.

Texans to sign CB Routt

Posted Dec. 04, 2012 @ 2:04 p.m. ET
The Texans will sign CB Stanford Routt after working him out on Tuesday, PFW correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported.

Week 14 playoff scenarios

Posted Dec. 04, 2012 @ 12:15 p.m. ET
The 49ers and Ravens can clinch playoff spots in Week 14, while the Texans and Falcons aim for first-round byes.

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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