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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

Week Three Players of the Week

Posted Sept. 25, 2012 @ 12:56 p.m. ET
This week, PFW selects Jamaal Charles, J.J. Watt and Darius Reynaud as its Players of the Week.

Power rankings: Texans take over at the top

Posted Sept. 25, 2012 @ 12:52 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub and the Texans, one of just three remaining undefeated teams, take over at the top of our weekly NFL rankings.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week Three

Posted Sept. 24, 2012 @ 1:25 p.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week Three.

Texans hold off Broncos, Manning

Posted Sept. 23, 2012 @ 8:16 p.m. ET
Matt Schaub outplayed Peyton Manning on Sunday, throwing four touchdown passes to lead the Texans to a 31-25 victory over the Broncos.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week Two

Posted Sept. 17, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week Two.

Foster, Texans run all over Jaguars

Posted Sept. 16, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m. ET
Arian Foster ran for 110 yards and a touchdown and the Texans dominated from the opening kickoff in a 27-7 win at Jacksonville on Sunday.

Texans' Watt quickly becoming dominant force

Posted Sept. 13, 2012 @ 5:08 p.m. ET
Texans DLE J.J. Watt began the 2012 campaign in similarly dominant fashion to his '11 postseason.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Texans becoming one of league's best organizations

Posted Sept. 11, 2012 @ 5:15 p.m. ET
By locking up QB Matt Schaub to a long-term extension, the Texans continued to prove that they understand the right way to build long-term success.

AFC South Spin cycle: Week One

Posted Sept. 10, 2012 @ 11:10 a.m. ET
Here is our team-by-team take on the state of the AFC South following Week One.

Texans sign QB Schaub to extension

Posted Sept. 09, 2012 @ 4:50 p.m. ET
Texans QB Matt Schaub signed a contract extension Sunday that's reportedly worth $62 million over four years.

Texans pick Tannehill three times in 30-10 win

Posted Sept. 09, 2012 @ 4:26 p.m. ET
Houston's defense dominated rookie Ryan Tannehill and Miami in the Texans' 30-10 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Texans CB Harris making strides

Posted Sept. 07, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m. ET
After a very quiet rookie season, Texans CB Brandon Harris was the Texans most improved defensive player this summer.

Texans sign OT Harris

Posted Sept. 02, 2012 @ 4:48 p.m. ET
The Texans announced the signing of veteran OT Ryan Harris to replace injured OT Rashad Butler.

Bears trade FB Clutts to Texans for CB McManis

Posted Aug. 31, 2012 @ 1:12 p.m. ET
The Bears traded FB Tyler Clutts to the Teans for CB Sherrick McManis, PFW correspondent John McClain of the Houston Chronicle first reported.

Fan falls to death at Reliant Stadium

Posted Aug. 31, 2012 @ 10:26 a.m. ET
A fan who attended a preseason Texans' game at Reliant Stadium fell to his death from an escalator, officials said Friday.

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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