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Brian Cushing | Linebacker | #56

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 255
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (15) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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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. Sep 29 - 12:47 PM

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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.
Sep 28 - 4:11 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.
Sep 11 - 3:44 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
Sep 11 - 1:34 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

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

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