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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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Tack FF Int
30 1 1

Comeback another sign Texans have turned corner?

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 10:12 p.m. ET
The Texans overcame a 17-point third-quarter deficit to win at Washington on Sunday, running their record to 2-0 and keeping a one-game lead in the AFC South and perhaps signaling they are developing into legitimate contenders. 

Texans WR Johnson has mild ankle sprain

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 9:05 p.m. ET
Two Texans underwent MRIs Monday on their ankles. WR Andre Johnson has a mild sprain and is listed as day-to-day but is expected to start in Week Three. TE James Casey is expected to be out with an ankle sprain.

Schaub, Texans flip the script in Week Two

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
The Texans and QB Matt Schaub taught fantasy players a valuable lesson on Sunday: Don't read too much into one game.

Kubiak comes through in crunch time

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 9:41 a.m. ET
Speculation mounted about Gary Kubiak's future in Houston late last season, but, thanks to the play of DE Mario Williams and others, owner Bob McNair is reaping the rewards of his loyalty after the Texans' impressive start. 

Texans WR Johnson will have MRI on right ankle

Posted Sept. 19, 2010 @ 10:52 p.m. ET
Texans WR Andre Johnson will undergo an MRI on his right ankle this week. He left Sunday's game in the third quarter, only to return in the fourth period and haul in the game-tying TD pass.

Rackers FG gives Texans OT win over Redskins

Posted Sept. 19, 2010 @ 8:22 p.m. ET
Neil Rackers kicked a 35-yard field goal with 3:24 left in overtime, and Matt Schaub's 497 set a franchise record Sunday as the Houston Texans improved to 2-0 with a 30-27 win over the Washington Redskins.

Loss of promising Barwin weakens Texans' DE depth

Posted Sept. 17, 2010 @ 1:07 p.m. ET
The loss of promising reserve DE Connor Barwin hurts the Texans' depth, but the pass rush was no concern against Indianapolis because of the play of starting DEs Mario Williams and Antonio Smith.

Texans sign DEs Ogunleye, Denney

Posted Sept. 15, 2010 @ 7:10 p.m. ET
To add depth to the defensive end position after losing Connor Barwin for the season, the Texans have signed DEs Adewale Ogunleye and Ryan Denney.

Foster's emergence brings real balance to Texans' offense

Posted Sept. 13, 2010 @ 4:16 p.m. ET
Texans RB Arian Foster's sudden emergence as Houston's lead back makes an already very good offense more balanced — and thus more dangerous.

Report: Texans DE Barwin out for season with fractured ankle

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 5:53 p.m. ET
Texans DE Connor Barwin crashed into a teammate in the first quarter of Week One and will miss the remainder of the season with a fracutred right ankle.

Texans likely rethinking game plan after Foster's monster day

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 5:23 p.m. ET
Arian Foster had generated plenty of hype leading up to Week One, but nobody could have seen this coming.

Texans surprise Colts as Foster sets record

Posted Sept. 12, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m. ET
Arian Foster ran for a team-record 231 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Texans to a 34-24 victory over the Colts on Sunday.

Texans TE Daniels will start Sunday

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m. ET
Ten months after tearing his ACL against the Bills, Texans TE Owen Daniels will return to the gridiron in Sunday's season opener against the Colts.

Opportunity as Texans' backup knocks for Leinart

Posted Sept. 10, 2010 @ 9:47 a.m. ET
New Texans QB Matt Leinart will push Dan Orlovsky for the top reserve role behind starter Matt Schaub and may be a better fit in Houston's offense than Arizona's scheme, the way we hear it.

Texans sign seven to practice squad

Posted Sept. 06, 2010 @ 5:53 p.m. ET
The Texans signed seven players to their practice squad on Monday. They have one remaining open spot on the squad.

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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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