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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

McNair disappointed with 'underperforming' Texans

Posted Nov. 24, 2010 @ 4:54 p.m. ET
Texans owner Bob McNair spoke to the media after Wednesday's practice and said he's disappointed in the team's performance this season, calling his team "underperforming."

2011 AFC South free-agent preview

Posted Nov. 23, 2010 @ 12:47 p.m. ET
Titans WR Randy Moss is one of the more intriguing players who's due to become a free agent, highlighting our exclusive team-by-team list of AFC South players likely to become free agents in March.

Jets stun Texans on late Holmes TD

Posted Nov. 21, 2010 @ 4:38 p.m. ET
Santonio Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Mark Sanchez with 10 seconds left, lifting the New York Jets to a stunning 30-27 comeback victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

DE Smith one bright spot for subpar Texans 'D'

Posted Nov. 21, 2010 @ 2:07 a.m. ET
Houston's defense may rank 31st in yardage given up, but DE Antonio Smith is one player who has improved over last season, according to AFC South Whispers.

Leinart could be eventual top backup to Schaub

Posted Nov. 20, 2010 @ 1:12 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub's knee injury does not appear to be anything serious, and he'll continue to be backed up by Dan Orlovsky for the time being. Yet Matt Leinart, should he re-sign in Houston for 2011, is ...

Schaub returns to Texans practice

Posted Nov. 18, 2010 @ 2:39 p.m. ET
The Texans got good news Thursday when QB Matt Schaub returned to practice after being hospitalized on Tuesday night with a bursa sac injury in his right knee.

Texans QB Schaub misses Wednesday's practice

Posted Nov. 17, 2010 @ 4:40 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub missed Wednesday's practice after spending Tuesday night in the hospital with a bursa sac issue in his knee.

Moves reflect Texans' need to quickly fix defense

Posted Nov. 13, 2010 @ 10:24 p.m. ET
The Texans' decisions to give Brian Cushing more work at strong-side linebacker and to claim CB Jason Allen off waivers signal their urgency to improve a struggling defense.  

Texans TE Daniels ruled out of Week 10

Posted Nov. 12, 2010 @ 2:46 p.m. ET
Texans TE Owen Daniels has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

CB Allen claimed by Texans

Posted Nov. 11, 2010 @ 5:16 p.m. ET
The Texans have claimed Jason Allen off waivers, a day after the cornerback was released by the Dolphins.

AFC South midseason reports

Posted Nov. 11, 2010 @ 9:15 a.m. ET
As the Texans' biggest surprise of 2010, RB Arian Foster has brought stability to a position that was a liability last season. Read our midseason reports on AFC South teams.

Former Packer Harris clears waivers

Posted Nov. 09, 2010 @ 5:34 p.m. ET
Former Packers CB Al Harris has cleared waivers and can sign with any team.

Momentum from Texans' fast start has disappeared

Posted Nov. 08, 2010 @ 10:14 p.m. ET
The Texans, who seemed on the cusp of a breakout season after beginning the 2010 campaign with wins over the Colts and Redskins, have won just twice since and are back at .500 after a loss to San Diego Sunday.

Rivers' four TDs leads Chargers past Texans 29-23

Posted Nov. 07, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m. ET
Philip Rivers threw four touchdown passes against the NFL's worst pass defense, and the San Diego Chargers earned their first road win of the season in beating the Houston Texans 29-23 on Sunday.

Texans WR Johnson playing through nagging ankle injury

Posted Nov. 06, 2010 @ 4:51 p.m. ET
The right high ankle sprain suffered by Texans WR Andre Johnson in Week Two is something he continues to contend with, but it is something he has been able to play through. 

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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