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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

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Air attack and run defense lead Giants over Texans

Posted Oct. 10, 2010 @ 5:15 p.m. ET
Eli Manning threw two of his three touchdown passes to Hakeem Nicks and the New York Giants held Houston to a franchise-low 24 yards rushing in a 34-10 win over the Texans on Sunday.

Injuries, blocking duties hold down Daniels' receiving totals

Posted Oct. 10, 2010 @ 1:04 a.m. ET
Texans TE Owen Daniels has seen his pass-catching numbers drop significantly because of various injuries and a need to pass-block more often, according to AFC South Whispers.

Cushing's return comes as schedule offers Texans no relief

Posted Oct. 09, 2010 @ 1:09 p.m. ET
Texans SLB Brian Cushing was a physical, playmaking, turnover-forcing presence as a rookie, and his influence in each of these specific areas will aid the defense in his return. 

Mario Williams limited in practice

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 3:58 p.m. ET
A groin injury has limited Texans DE Mario Williams in practice this week.

Texans sign DE Anderson

Posted Oct. 07, 2010 @ 10:04 a.m. ET
The Texans have signed former Bears DE Mark Anderson. The Bears cut Anderson on Tuesday and replaced him with veteran DE Charles Grant.

Texans' win at Oakland highlights depth, talent, resiliency

Posted Oct. 04, 2010 @ 10:17 p.m. ET
The Texans are second in the NFL in offense and last in defense, but the return of SLB Brian Cushing is a major help to the "D," and the offense thrived at less-than-full strength in a 31-24 win at Oakland ...

Foster returns from benching to score twice in Texans win

Posted Oct. 03, 2010 @ 7:12 p.m. ET
Arian Foster returned from an early game benching to score on a 74-yard run and an 10-yard catch in the second half to lead the Houston Texans to a 31-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Texans RB Foster does not start (coach's decision)

Posted Oct. 03, 2010 @ 5:03 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster did not start against the Raiders in Week Four because of a coach's decision, according to multiple reports.

Harris: Foster can be 'complete' with work

Posted Oct. 01, 2010 @ 1:17 p.m. ET
Arian Foster won the Texans' starting RB job with an improved approach to his job, and the work paid off handsomely in the first month of the season. Now, Texans RB coach Chick Harris wants him to sustain that progress.  

Kubiak: Texans WR Johnson 'game-time' decision

Posted Sept. 29, 2010 @ 5:26 p.m. ET
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said that WR Andre Johnson's playing status for Sunday will be a "game-time decision," according to the club.

Texans sign Paymah, fail to add Schobel

Posted Sept. 29, 2010 @ 10:40 a.m. ET
The Texans have reportedly added veteran DB Karl Paymah to their secondary.

Cowboys top Texans 27-13, earn first win

Posted Sept. 26, 2010 @ 4:21 p.m. ET
Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Roy Williams, Marion Barber ran for another score and the Dallas Cowboys got their first win by beating the Houston Texans 27-13 on Sunday.

Texans' defense faltering vs. pass, stuffing run

Posted Sept. 25, 2010 @ 7:34 p.m. ET
The Texans' defensive problems against the pass have been glaring, but their sustained success against the run is notable, too. 

Texans sign OT Salaam

Posted Sept. 22, 2010 @ 6:46 p.m. ET
The Texans announced the signing of OT Ephraim Salaam on Wednesday. Salaam's signing comes one day after Duane Brown was suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Texans starting OLT Brown suspended four games

Posted Sept. 21, 2010 @ 4:33 p.m. ET
Texans starting OLT Duane Brown has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

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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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