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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

Texans RB Tate developing undesirable reputation

Posted Nov. 01, 2012 @ 5:51 p.m. ET
The Texans, when healthy, have arguably the most talented one-two backfield punch in the NFL. But backup Ben Tate is proving that staying healthy is a tall order.

RB Grimes rejoins Texans

Posted Oct. 31, 2012 @ 6:06 p.m. ET
The Texans claimed RB Jonathan Grimes off waivers from the Jets and waived LB Mister Alexander.

Texans add DT McClain

Posted Oct. 29, 2012 @ 1:48 p.m. ET
The Texans signed DT Terrell McClain and placed rookie DE David Hunter on injured reserve with a toe injury.

NFL Links: Luck more impressive than RG3?

Posted Oct. 26, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m. ET
Andrew Luck is still better than RG3, Wade Phillips has the Texans' pass rush humming and Chiefs fans are feeling neglected.

AFC South Spin cycle: Texans send message to rest of AFC

Posted Oct. 22, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
The Texans sent an emphatic message to the rest of the AFC in Week Seven: the road to New Orleans appears likely to travel through Houston.

Texans first-rounder Mercilus starting to flash

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 5:47 p.m. ET
First-round OLB Whitney Mercilus played the best game of his young career in the Texans' Week Seven pasting of the Ravens.

Texans rout Ravens in battle of AFC's best

Posted Oct. 21, 2012 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes and the Texans dominated a showdown of the AFC's two teams, routing the Ravens 43-13 on Sunday.

AFC South Spin cycle: Texans' mistakes add up

Posted Oct. 15, 2012 @ 3:28 p.m. ET
The Titans got a much-needed win over the Steelers, Glover Quin and the Texans were humbled by the Packers and the Colts were crushed by the Jets.

Packers topple Texans behind Rodgers' six TDs

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Aaron Rodgers set a career high six touchdown passes, and the Packers routed the previously unbeaten Texans 42-24 on Sunday night.

NFL Links: Texans' offense in no rush

Posted Oct. 12, 2012 @ 11:24 a.m. ET
The Texans aren't conforming to the NFL's hurry-up trends, Alex Smith is suddenly a savior and Pete Carroll squares off with his old team.

Cushing's absence likely to be felt most in Texans' dime package

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 9:32 p.m. ET
The Texans will miss ILB Brian Cushing in a number of ways, but likely none greater than his coverage abilities in Houston's dime package.

Phillips: Slauson's block on Cushing 'unnecessary'

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 9:16 p.m. ET
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the block by Jets OG Matt Slauson that ended LB Brian Cushing's season was "unnecessary."

Broncos add WR-KR Holliday

Posted Oct. 11, 2012 @ 5:42 p.m. ET
The Broncos claimed WR-KR Trindon Holliday off waivers from the Texans, the team announced Thursday.

Texans sign LB Ruud

Posted Oct. 10, 2012 @ 12:36 p.m. ET
The Texans signed LB Barrett Ruud and released KR Trindon Holliday on Wednesday. They placed LB Brian Cushing on injured reserve.

Week Six primer: How deep are the Packers' problems?

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 7:14 p.m. ET
Eric Edholm provides a sneak peek into Week Six, including what to watch for in the big Packers-Texans matchup on Sunday night.

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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