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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 (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

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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

Texans signed ILB Brian Cushing to a six-year, $55.643 million extension.

The deal locks Cushing up through 2019, and includes $21 million guaranteed. A four-year veteran, he had been going into the final year of his rookie contract. It's a vote of confidence in Cushing's return from his torn ACL, and indicative of just how important he is to Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme. Houston's defense all-too-often appeared soft after Cushing went down last season. Cushing has a major injury and 2010 PED suspension on his résumé, but it was the right move at the right time for the Texans. It's still a hefty chunk of change. Cushing is getting nearly $5 million more guaranteed than Sean Lee did last month.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:04:00 PM

A source assures's Ian Rapoport that Texans ILB Brian Cushing (ACL) is "ready now."

"He has no soreness," the source said. "He accelerates, he can run." Cushing is being eased back into practice, but has progressed without setbacks. He'll be ready to roll for Week 1.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 02:39:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (knee) made his debut in 7-on-7 drills Thursday.

Cushing tore his ACL during Week 5 last season. He said he has no residual effects from the injury and is cutting without pain. "It felt great," he said Thursday. "I've been telling guys, this is the right feeling." Cushing is on track to be ready for Week 1 as a borderline LB1 in IDP circles.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (ACL) has received full clearance for training camp, but the team plans to ease him in.

In other words, Cushing could open camp on the PUP list, but will almost certainly see time in preseason games. Barring a setback, he's going to be ready to roll for Week 1. The Texans were noticeably less physical after losing Cushing last season, so his full return is no small matter. Cushing is entering the final year of his contract. The sides have yet to talk about an extension.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (ACL surgery) expects to receive full medical clearance on July 17.

Texans training camp starts on July 26. On the 17th, Cushing will fly to Pensacola (FL) to meet with Dr. James Andrews. Cushing has no doubt he'll get the go-ahead. "I’m basically doing everything I could be doing right now," he said. "I feel great and very confident heading into camp."
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 06:54:00 PM

Brian Cushing said he's unaware of any contract negotiations taking place with the Texans.

Cushing is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He understands that any talks will be complicated by the torn left ACL he sustained in Week 5 last season. "I know it wasn't the best thing to really help with getting it done," he said. The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2011 second-team All-Pro will have to prove he can return to form before getting paid.
Wed, May 29, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (torn ACL) isn't participating in this week's OTAs.

The same is true of RT Derek Newton (knee surgery), but both players remain on schedule in their rehab. Cushing is expected to be full-go for training camp.
Mon, May 20, 2013 12:27:00 PM

Texans coach Gary Kubiak expressed confidence Monday that ILB Brian Cushing's ACL surgery remains on schedule.

Cushing tore his left ACL on October 8 and will be over nine months removed from the injury when training camp starts. He should be full-go before the season. "He sure looks like he's ready to go," Kubiak said at a charity golf tournament Monday. "Not time to turn him loose yet, but he's come a long way."
Mon, May 6, 2013 03:05:00 PM

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