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Brian Cushing | Linebacker | #56

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/24/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 250
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (15) / HOU
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Free agent LB Brian Cushing is visiting the Seahawks on Wednesday.
It's Cushing's first known visit since he was released by the Texans in mid-February. Cushing, 31, played his college ball for coach Pete Carroll at USC and was a 2009 first-rounder. He finished 2012 and 2013 on I.R. and was suspended 10 games last season for PEDs. He's more name than game at this point in his career. SLB Michael Wilhoite is a free agent in Seattle. Mar 7 - 2:46 PM

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Texans informed ILB Brian Cushing of his release.

Cushing became an afterthought in Houston due to a PED suspension and the improved play of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole. By releasing Cushing, the Texans will save $7.64 million. Cushing isn't nearly the same player he was once following multiple PED bans, but he is likely to resurface. New Titans coach Mike Vrabel coached Cushing in Houston, and Tennessee may lose ILB Avery Williamson in free agency.
Feb 18 - 7:33 PM

Texans activated ILB Brian Cushing from the reserve/suspended list.

Cushing was hit with his latest PEDs ban following Week 1. It's unclear whether he will regain his starting job. The Texans have been playing Benardrick McKinney and rookie Zach Cunningham at inside linebacker.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 05:37:00 PM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports Texans ILB Brian Cushing (suspension) is not expected to be activated for Week 13 against the Titans.

Cushing is eligible to return this week, but he may not be ready physically after sitting out 10 games. "We're going to really condition this week to look at where he's at in that respect," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's been working out obviously, but football conditioning, see where he's at." If he does not get the green light this week, Cushing should be activated ahead of the Texans' Week 14 matchup with the 49ers.
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 10:09:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing has completed his 10-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

The Texans will reportedly evaluate where Cushing is physically before making a decision on his availability for this week, but it is likely he will play in some capacity against the Titans. Second-round rookie Zach Cunningham has been filling in opposite Benardrick McKinney with Cushing suspended.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 11:41:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 05:33:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 01:47:00 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.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 02:53:00 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.
Sat, Jun 10, 2017 05:51:00 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.
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 02:24:00 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

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