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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

Dobbins performing at a high level in place of Cushing

Posted Nov. 15, 2012 @ 3:58 p.m. ET
Texans ILB Tim Dobbins' play since replacing Pro Bowler Brian Cushing would make the starter proud.

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."

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.

Texans LB Cushing has torn ACL

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 4:45 p.m. ET
An MRI confirmed a torn ACL for Texans LB Brian Cushing, head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed at his press conference.

Tuesday's 60-second rant: Cushing injury a significant blow to Texans

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:48 p.m. ET
The Texans remained undefeated Monday night, but it wasn't without consequence: defensive captain Brian Cushing reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Brian Cushing suffers knee injury

Posted Oct. 09, 2012 @ 1:13 a.m. ET
Texans star LILB Brian Cushing was knocked out of Houston's 23-17 victory over the Jets with what looked to be a serious knee injury.

Texans appear to have some 3-4 pieces in place

Posted Jan. 08, 2011 @ 6:07 p.m. ET
With the Texans hiring Wade Phillips to fix one of the NFL's worst defenses, the focus turns to who will execute his defense.

Smith, Cushing say on-field flare-up forgotten

Posted Dec. 25, 2010 @ 5:17 p.m. ET
Houston's Antonio Smith and Brian Cushing say the confrontation between the two during the Week 15 game at Tennessee was a "heat-of-the-moment thing" that has been patched up, according to AFC South Whispers.

Moves reflect Texans' need to quickly fix defense

Posted Nov. 13, 2010 @ 10:24 p.m. ET
The Texans' decisions to give Brian Cushing more work at strong-side linebacker and to claim CB Jason Allen off waivers signal their urgency to improve a struggling defense.  

Texans searched players' lockers for banned substances

Posted Oct. 29, 2010 @ 10:40 p.m. ET
Concerned that some of his players might be using illegal substances, Texans owner Bob McNair instructed team staffers to search the players' lockers and remove any substances not approved by the league.

Texans move Cushing to MLB; sign DT Lewis

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 2:29 p.m. ET
The Texans made some defensive changes on Monday, a week before they return to the gridiron in a Week Eight Monday night game against the Colts.

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. 

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 ...

Cushing's four-game suspension stands

Posted Aug. 19, 2010 @ 12:23 p.m. ET
The NFL has upheld Texans LB Brian Cushing's four-game suspension for testing positive for hCG.

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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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