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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

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Chasing Colts, Texans take CB Jackson

Posted April 22, 2010 @ 10:43 p.m. ET
Alabama CB Kareem Jackson could start immediately as the Texans try to catch the Colts and Peyton Manning in the AFC South.

Texans' D-line young, promising

Posted April 21, 2010 @ 3:44 p.m. ET
The best could be ahead for a Texans defensive line that doesn't have a lineman who will be older than 28 years of age as of Week One currently on the roster.

Competition between Rackers, Brown one to watch in Houston

Posted April 07, 2010 @ 6:55 p.m. ET
The Texans' addition of ex-Cardinal Neil Rackers sets up an intriguing PK competition between Rackers and Kris Brown, who has held the position since the franchise began play in 2002.

Texans' Ryans gets his payday

Posted April 01, 2010 @ 1:31 p.m. ET
MLB DeMeco Ryans is the latest member of the Texans' vaunted draft class of 2006 to get a big payday, and TE Owen Daniels and DE Mario Williams are also in line to receive lucrative multi-year deals at some point.

Texans sign MLB Ryans to six-year deal

Posted March 30, 2010 @ 5:41 p.m. ET
The Texans signed MLB DeMeco Ryans to a six-year contract on Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported.

Smith's versatility could be asset for Texans

Posted March 18, 2010 @ 11:17 a.m. ET
In newly signed Wade Smith, the Texans have an offensive lineman who can play all three positions, which gives them an array of options as they figure out who will start along the interior of the line.

Texans TE Daniels not ruling out holdout

Posted March 17, 2010 @ 10:22 a.m. ET
TE Owen Daniels told PFW negotiations on a long-term contract appear to be moving in the right direction with the Texans and he's hoping to avoid skipping practices this year.

Report: Texans sign OL Smith

Posted March 10, 2010 @ 8:39 p.m. ET
The Texans agreed with Chiefs UFA OL Wade Smith on a four-year, $12 million contract on Wednesday, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Texans no longer Super long shots

Posted March 10, 2010 @ 4:31 a.m. ET
How well the Texans can cope with the loss of CB Dunta Robinson will go a long way in determining whether they will be contenders in 2010, writes PFW's Mike Wilkening.

Early winners and losers in free agency

Posted March 08, 2010 @ 11:37 a.m. ET
Here's a look at the teams that have spent the most wisely to this point and which ones overextended themselves after the first weekend of free agency.

Report: Texans re-sign WR Walter

Posted March 06, 2010 @ 10:37 a.m. ET
The Texans on Friday agreed to terms with WR Kevin Walter on a five-year, $21.5 million contract with $8 million in guaranteed money, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Report: Texans re-sign P Turk to one-year deal

Posted March 05, 2010 @ 8:34 a.m. ET
The Texans re-signed P Matt Turk to a one-year contract, The Houston Chronicle reported Friday morning.

Report: Texans tender RFAs Daniels, Ryans at highest level

Posted March 03, 2010 @ 7:04 p.m. ET
The Texans have tendered RFA TE Owen Daniels and MLB DeMeco Ryans at the highest level, The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Texans acknowledge re-signing Walter will be challenging

Posted March 03, 2010 @ 1:18 p.m. ET
Speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine, Texans general manager Rick Smith indicated that re-signing UFA WR Kevin Walter would be challenging.

AFC South team needs

Posted March 03, 2010 @ 9:59 a.m. ET
Steve Slaton's shoulder injury and fumbling problems may have convinced the Texans that they need to acquire an every-down back who can reduce Slaton's load. PFW continues its series evaluating the needs of every team — this time, the ...

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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