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Brian Cushing | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 249
College: USC
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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. Oct 22 - 9:32 PM

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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.
Aug 13 - 9:00 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.
Jul 21 - 6:06 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.
Jul 8 - 9:39 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.
Jun 2 - 3:11 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.
May 27 - 8:06 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
May 5 - 10:54 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
Apr 17 - 9:14 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.
Jan 3 - 7:39 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

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Texans ILB Brian Cushing is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn left LCL and broken leg.

Cushing is expected to require surgery on the same left knee he tore the ACL in last season. The injury is not as severe as the ACL tear, but is expected to end his season nonetheless. The bottom fell out on Houston's defense after Cushing's 2012 knee injury. Now 2-5, the Texans are a team in great turmoil and are likely headed for an offseason makeover of their 53-man roster.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing was forced from Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a knee injury.

Cushing took a Jamaal Charles cut block to his left knee, the same knee he tore up in 2012. He went down in immediate agony, and was carted to the locker room after being helped to the sideline. It doesn't look good. Darryl Sharpton is now in the game opposite Joe Mays at inside linebacker.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 5.

Cushing reportedly passed his concussion tests during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, but doctors erred on the side of caution and didn't let him back into the game. He shouldn't have a problem getting through the protocol this week. Cushing leads the Texans with 25 tackles, and also has 1.5 sacks, four tackles for a loss, one interception returned for a touchdown and one forced fumble.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing exited Sunday's Week 4 game against the Seahawks with a concussion.

He's obviously done for the day. Cushing forced a fumble on a tackle for loss against Marshawn Lynch earlier in the game. Joe Mays and Darryl Sharpton will handle inside 'backer duties the rest of the day.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Brian Cushing recorded a career-high 11 solo tackles, four tackles for a loss and two sacks in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Titans.

Any doubts about whether Cushing is over his 2012 ACL tear have been quashed. He helped beat the Chargers in Week 1 with a pick-six and was the best player on the field in Week 2. "I put a lot of training in to be better than I ever was before," he said. "I feel like I am." Cushing will be a fine IDP play in Baltimore Week 3.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 07:48:00 AM

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