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Brian Cushing | Linebacker | #56

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (15) / HOU
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NFL suspended Texans ILB Brian Cushing 10 games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.
That knocks Cushing out until Week 13. This is Cushing's second PED suspension after serving a four-game ban in 2010. A third violation would result in at least a two-year suspension. The nine-year veteran wasn't going to play this week anyway after suffering a concussion in Sunday's opener. Sep 13 - 5:33 PM

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Texans ILB Brian Cushing (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 2 against the Bengals.

Cushing will have 10 days to get ready for Week 3. Rookie UFDA Dylan Cole may get the start next to Benardick McKinney in place of Cushing.
Sep 13 - 1:47 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing is done for the day in Week 1 with a concussion.

He made four first-half tackles and was declared done for the day to begin the second half. The Texans play their next game Thursday night at Cincinnati, putting Cushing on the doubtful side of questionable for Week 2.
Sep 10 - 2:53 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (shoulder) is on track for training camp.

Cushing is sitting out OTAs/minicamp. His January clean-up hasn't generated much concern, but the Texans are moving him slowly. Cushing should be full-go in August.
Jun 10 - 5:51 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing underwent shoulder surgery two weeks ago.

Cushing hinted it was merely a clean-up operation, but he should be considered questionable for the start of the offseason program. Cushing has dealt with a dizzying array of injuries in his eight-year career, but has appeared in at least 13 games in three straight seasons. Now 30, Cushing remains useful, if little more.
Jan 30 - 2:24 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (back) is expected to play in Week 14 against the Colts.

Cushing has a questionable tag, but he's going to keep gutting out two broken bones in his back. Despite the injury, Cushing has been having a solid season, making an impact in run support and not getting embarrassed in pass coverage.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:00:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (back, ankle) acknowledged that he's been playing with two broken bones in his back.

"Obviously, it's painful, and I'm not able to get as many reps as I want in practice right now," said Cushing. "But I'll be out there Sunday with my team." It's unclear when Cushing suffered the injury. He was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Cushing holds PFF's 44th-best inside linebacker grade out of 59 qualifiers this year.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 07:14:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee) practiced again on Thursday.

Cushing was expected to miss six weeks, but the Texans are hopeful he can return after just two games. Even if he sits out again this Sunday, it is clear he will beat his initial timetable. With J.J. Watt (back) out for likely the season, the Texans need all hands on deck.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 12:47:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (MCL) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday.

Cushing was expected to miss six weeks with a torn MCL but seems to be progressing quicker than expected. While a return in Week 4 might not be realistic, Cushing is going to shatter his original timetable.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 04:11:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Texans ILB Brian Cushing will miss six weeks with a torn MCL.

The Houston Chronicle reports it is a Grade 2 sprain of his right MCL, which is by definition a partial tear. Either way, the good news is the injury is not to Cushing's troublesome left knee and will not require surgery. Max Bullough will fill in while Cushing is sidelined.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Brian Cushing exited the Texans' season opener with a knee injury.

He exited after the first defensive series and never returned. Max Bullough replaced him in at inside linebacker.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 01:34:00 PM

Texans DC Romeo Crennel said ILB Brian Cushing is showing better mobility this season.

Coach Bill O'Brien noted the same thing early in training camp. Cushing has dealt with myriad injuries the last three years, missing 22 of a possible 48 games. Finally healthy, Cushing should help Vince Wilfork shore up a run defense which struggled last season.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 12:25:00 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said ILB Brian Cushing (knee) is "moving well" during OTAs.

"He’s come back and had a hell of an offseason." O'Brien said. "He made a play out there in a two-minute drill on about a 20-yard pass, where he got back in coverage and he tipped the ball away. That was a big play. It was good for me to see that." It is unreasonable to expect Cushing to suddenly re-find his Pro-Bowl form heading into his 28-year-old season, but a healthy Cushing and newly-signed NT Vince Wilfork should help the Texans shore up their leaky run defense.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 11:34:00 AM

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.
Sat, Feb 28, 2015 04:40:00 PM

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.
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 11:29:00 PM

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