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56 Brian Cushing ILB
Height/Weight: 6-3/249 | Birthdate: 1/24/1987 | Birthplace: Park Ridge, NJ, USA | Team: Houston | College: USC | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 67/55 | Average Draft Position: 202.00
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Texans veterans do not practice Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4:38 pm ET) A number of Texans veterans did not practice Wednesday.

Arian Foster was held out due to a hamstring issue. He was limited Week 4 due to the injury. Receiver Andre Johnson also missed practice due to an ankle injury.

On the defensive side, both J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing were unable to go. Watt was listed with a thigh injury, while Cushing is dealing with a knee issue. 


Texans struggle to stop the run during Week 3 loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Texans defense had its worst performance of the season during a 30-17 loss Week 3 at N.Y. Giants. Not only did the Giants total three touchdowns and three field goals, but they finished with 419 yards, which included 176 rushing yards from Rashad Jennings.

The Texans did force a fumble down inside the 5-yard line as the Giants were driving for a score in the first half. They also got a sack from J.J. Watt, while linebacker Brian Cushing finished with a team-high 17 tackles (eight solo). Safety Kendrick Lewis had a team-high 11 solo tackles and finished with 12 total tackles and one forced fumble.

The Texans will look to rebound Week 4 vs. Buffalo.


Texans have 11 injured players ruled active for Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The following injured Texans have been ruled active for Week 2 at Oakland: A.J. Bouye (shoulder), Brian Cushing (ankle), Arian Foster (ribs), Garrett Graham (back), Tim Jamison (groin), Andre Johnson (ankle), Johnathan Joseph (foot), Elbert Mack (foot), Mike Mohamed (quadriceps), Jay Prosch (hand) and J.J. Watt (ankle, illness).

Texans list 10 as probable Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Texans have listed 10 players as probable Week 2 against the Raiders.

Tight end Garrett Graham WR Andre Johnson, CB Johnathan Joseph, CB A.J. Bouye, OL Tyson Clabo, LB Brian Cushing, RB Arian Foster, DE Tim Jamison, CB Elbert Mack, LB Mike Mohamed, OL Chris Myers, OL Derek Newton, FB Jay Prosch, OL Xaier Su'a-Filo, DE J.J. Watt and DT Louis Nix II are all probable heading into the game.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was the only player ruled out for Week 2. 


Brian Cushing played 65 percent of the snaps


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing played 65 percent of the team's defensive snaps Week 1 as Houston manages his comeback from a broken leg and torn knee ligament, reports ESPN.com.

"He wants to be out there," coach Bill O'Brien said. "I think in critical situations, he will be out there."

Cushing made five tackles in the win over Washington.


Texans clear 10 injured players for Week 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder), tackle Tyson Clabo (ankle), linebacker Brian Cushing (ankle), defensive end Tim Jamison (groin), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot), linebacker Mike Mohamed (quadricep), center Chris Myers (toe), running back Jay Prosch (hand), guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) and linebacker Justin Tuggle (knee) were all cleared to play Week 1 vs. Washington. They were all listed as probable on the injury report.

Texans issue lengthy injury report for Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) The Texans have a lengthy list of players on their injury report Friday heading into their Sunday opener against Washington.

Tight end Garrett Graham (back) and safety Shiloh Keo (calf) were the only two to miss practice on Friday. Both players were deemed Questionable.

The following players practiced in full on Friday and are ruled probable for Sunday: Cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder), tackle Tyson Clabo (ankle), linebacker Brian Cushing, defensive end Tim Jamison, cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot), linebacker Mike Mohamed (quad), center Chris Meyers (toe), nose tackle Louis Nix (knee), fullback Jay Prosch (hand), guard Xavier Su'a-Filo (back), linebacker Justin Tuggle (knee).

Brian Cushing working way back into regular role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing, who lost 20 regular season games to injury over the last two seasons, is receiving increased practice time lately.

Cushing remains uncertain if he will be allowed to play Saturday night against Denver. If not, he will participate in the regular-season opener against Washington, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"For the most part, I've been practicing a good amount," he said. "I'm excited to be back out there. Any game-time situation, obviously, I want to play and play a good amount, but that's not up to me. That's up to the coaches."

Cushing has proven productive when healthy. He has averaged nearly eight tackles a game throughout his career.


Texans announce Week 2 inactives


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) In addition to going without running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans have listed the following players as out for Saturday's game against the Falcons: linebacker Brian Cushing; defensive backs Johnathan Joseph, Shiloh Keo, Lonnie Ballentine and Elbert Mack; guards Conor Boffeli and Brandon Brooks; tackle Will Yeatman; defensive tackle Louis Nix III; and wide receiver Mike Thomas.

Brian Cushing gets off PUP list and practices


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) The Texans activated linebacker Brian Cushing from the PUP list, and he participated in Wednesday's joint practice with the Falcons, reports CSNHouston.com. Cushing is coming off his second season-ending knee injury in two years.

Texans place Brian Cushing, others on PUP


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/22/2014) The Texans announced Monday that linebacker Brian Cushing, rookie defensive tackle Louis Nix and linebacker Trevardo Williams would begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. They are allowed to come off the list at any time between now and the start of the regular season. 

Cushing is coming back from a torn knee ligament and a broken fibula. Head coach Bill O'Brien is unsure when exactly he'll return to practice. Nix has a meniscus injury he's dealing with. Williams was placed on IR before last season with an injury. 


Brian Cushing can't put timetable on return to the field


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing didn't practice this spring and hasn't put on pads in a game since Oct. 20. That's when he tore a knee ligament and broke his fibula.

While he vowed to be ready for the season opener, Cushing would not put a timetable on his return to the practice field. "I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there," he told the team's website.

"I’m still working out every day," he added. "I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp. Come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job."


Brian Cushing should return for training camp


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is expected to return during training camp, coach Bill O’Brien said Monday, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Cushing has been unable to fully participate in OTAs thus far but has remained active with the team during the sessions.

"He's out there everyday and he's one of the leaders of our football team," O’Brien said.


Brian Cushing should be ready for season opener


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who tore a knee ligament and broke his fibula Week 7, isn't sure what he'll do during OTAs. But he's on track to be fully ready for the season opener.

"There's a lot more time to get ready for the season but I feel I'm well on my way to 100 percent," Cushing told CSNHouston.com. "I'm excited really for these next upcoming months to really just perfect myself and how I feel and to get ready overall."

OTAs start May 27.

"We're still kind of discussing that internally right now, just to try to figure out what we want to do, what kind of drills and whatnot I can take part in," Cushing said. "But I think I'll be doing a good amount and we'll see where I am and how I feel and kind of just discuss it as a group."


Brian Cushing says he's 100 percent


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2014) Posting a picture of himself with his son from a beach, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said via Twitter that he's been cleared for football. Cushing missed the last nine games of last season with a knee injury. 

"Quick Trip to Pensacola with my lead blocker, better believe I'm 100% #beachday #cleared #fivesixback," he wrote. 


Brian Cushing still not close to full recovery


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who missed the last nine games of the 2013 season with a knee injury, estimated that he will need up to another two months of rehab before he recovers fully, the team website has reported.

Cushing registered 48 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks before sustaining the injury.


Texans add two linebackers to replace two linebackers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2013) Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday linebackers Tavares Gooden and Jeff Tarpinian were added to the active roster after placing Brian Cushing (knee) on injured reserve and releasing Tim Dobbins.

Brian Cushing set for surgery Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will have surgery for his torn LCL Tuesday, according to NFL.com. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery.

Report: Tests confirm broken leg, torn LCL for Brian Cushing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2013) Tests confirmed Texans linebacker Brian Cushing suffered a broken fibula and torn LCL Sunday against the Chiefs, according to NFL.com. However, the ACL, PCL, MCL and patella in Cushing's knee are fine.

Cushing is expected to have a three-month recovery timetable.


Report: Brian Cushing out for year with torn LCL, broken leg


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is out for the season with a torn LCL and fractured fibula, according to the Houston Chronicle. He took a shot to the knee Sunday from Jamaal Charles as he came in on a blitz in the red zone. Cushing, who was carted off the field, will undergo surgery.

Brian Cushing (knee) set for MRI on Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was on crutches after the game Sunday in Kansas City. He is scheduled for an MRI on his knee on Monday. He was carted off the field in the third quarter.

Brian Cushing carted off after block to knee by Jamaal Charles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was carted off the field in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury Sunday against Kansas City, He was hit in the knee on a cut block by Jamaal Charles.

Brian Cushing cleared to play against Kansas City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has received the green light to play Sunday against the Chiefs. He had been designated as probable with a knee ailment.

Texans defense in good health in Week 7


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) The Texans injury report for Week 7 against the Chiefs is light on the defensive side of the ball, with just four players listed. Linebackers Brian Cushing (knee) and Darryl Sharpton (foot) are joined by defensive backs Eddie Pleasant (toe) and Brice McCain (knee) as probable for Sunday's game in Kansas City. 

Brian Cushing does little in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Texans linebacker Brian Cushing did not have a big performance in Week 6 against the Rams, in a 38-13 loss.

Cushing was held to a season-low of five tackles -- two solo -- and recorded no other stat. He now has 44 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks through six games.