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Brian Cushing | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 249
College: USC
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Texans ILB Brian Cushing is recovering from three offseason surgeries, one to his right wrist, one to his left ankle, and one to his left knee.
Add three to an already seemingly-countless number of surgeries Cushing has undergone as a pro. The ankle and knee were arthroscopic "clean-up" procedures, and the third operation repaired Cushing's fractured wrist. Cushing claims he'll be a full-go for training camp and could even participate in OTAs. Coming off his worst NFL season, Cushing could be facing a make-or-break year in Houston. He's owed $5.25 million in 2015 salary and bonuses. Feb 28 - 4:40 PM

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing revealed that he played part of the 2014 season with a fractured wrist.

Perhaps this helps explain a poor year for Cushing, who ranked 45th among 60 qualifying inside linebackers in PFF's run-defense grades. PFF charted Cushing with 12 missed tackles, 11th most at his position. At age 28, it's also possible Cushing's history of knee woes is beginning to catch up to him.
Feb 11 - 11:29 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Browns.

Cushing has been sidelined since experiencing complications with his surgically-repaired knee in Week 7. Now that the Texans are coming out of the bye, he should be fresh.
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 08:19:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee) is inactive for Sunday's Week 9 game against the Eagles.

Cushing continues to struggle with complications as he comes off his serious leg/knee injury from 2013. He's day to day. The Texans will also be without Jadeveon Clowney again, this time due to an illness. The rest of the their inactives: QB Tom Savage, WR DeVier Posey, CB Darryl Morris, ILB Jeff Tarpinian and T Jeff Adams.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 11:40:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (questionable, knee) is expected back for the Texans Week 9 matchup with the Eagles.

Cushing practiced Friday for the first time since Week 7. "Obviously, I want to play and I hope to play, and the coaches want me to play. That’s the plan," he said. "But there’s a lot of things that come into account and we have to make the best decision for everyone." Cushing has 50 tackles and one sack in seven starts this season.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 09:29:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss at least one week with a knee injury.

It's a blow to an already vulnerable Houston run defense, and a nice upgrade to Bishop Sankey's Week 8 matchup. Justin Tuggle and Mike Mohamed figure to start at inside linebacker against the Titans. Cushing has battled knee problems for years. PFT's Mike Florio suggests Cushing could be out through Week 11.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 09:32:00 PM

Texans removed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) from active/PUP.

Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL last Week 7, just one year after tearing his ACL on Monday Night Football. There's plenty of reason for concern based on that history, but he's on track for Week 1 this season. When healthy, Cushing is one of the NFL's best linebackers and a LB1 for IDP owners.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 09:00:00 AM

Texans placed ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) on the active/PUP list.

Cushing is recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL, and should be ready within a couple weeks. He's missed 20 games over the past two seasons thanks to hard-luck injuries. Cushing's status for Week 1 isn't in question.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is unsure of when he'll gain full clearance, but "knows" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Coach Bill O'Brien previously said he expected Cushing to be ready for camp, but it sounds like he could start out on the active/PUP list. Now 27, Cushing signed a fat extension last September, but has been limited to 12-of-32 games over the past two seasons. He needs to stay healthy in 2014 to remain one of the foundations of the Texans' long-term plans.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:39:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is expected to be ready for training camp.

O'Brien recently replied "I'm not sure" when asked for Cushing's timetable, but he's apparently made noticeable progress since. Cushing is sitting out OTAs. He's recovering from a broken fibula and torn LCL suffered last Week 7.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 03:11:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) is not participating in OTAs.

"I’m not sure," were the words of coach Bill O'Brien when asked when Cushing would be ready. "I’m not a doctor; I don’t know when he’ll be back." Cushing claimed he was "100 percent" in an April tweet, but that's obviously not the case. Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL last Week 7. Cushing has missed 20 games over the past two seasons.
Tue, May 27, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) said he remains on track to be 100 percent for Week 1.

Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL in Week 7. He was medically cleared a month ago, but will take it easy throughout spring practices. Cushing will be the MIKE linebacker and key piece of new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme, but he'll carry plenty of injury risk. He tore his ACL five games into the 2012 season.
Source: CSN Houston
Mon, May 5, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee, leg) tweeted Wednesday that he's 100 percent.

In 2012, Cushing went down with a torn ACL just five games into the season. Last year, he broke his fibula and tore his LCL in the same knee during Week 7. The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2011 second-team All-Pro will be a classic high-risk, high-reward kind of borderline LB1 in IDP circles.
Source: CSN Houston
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (LCL, leg) estimated Friday that he needs another two months of rehab.

Cushing missed the final nine games of the season due to his knee injury and still isn't fully recovered. He was initially given a three-month timetable back in October, so it's not a major concern. Barring a setback, Cushing should be able to participate in the Texans' offseason program.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 07:39:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (LCL, leg) has a three-month recovery timetable.

Cushing avoided any damage to his ACL, PCL, MCL and patella. But he did break his fibula and tear his LCL, which means his season is over as the 2-5 Texans aren't going to be playing into January. Cushing, who signed a $55 million contract in September, should be fine for the offseason program.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 12:06:00 PM

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