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Brian Cushing

27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

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Cushing would likely be a candidate for the top-10 among IDP linebackers if his health could be guaranteed. Unfortunately, it cannot. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 of the 2012 season, and then suff...

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2014 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  10

STATUS:  Out  (PUP-P)     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 6' 3"   WT: 249   DOB: 1/24/1987
College: Southern California  Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a six-year extension with the Texans in September of 2013.

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Cushing (knee) was placed on the PUP list Monday, Fox 26 in Houston reports.

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Brian Cushing NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 22 16 - 134 - 5 - 4 0 - 0 - - - -
2010 23 Hou 12 76 53 23 1.5 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 24 Hou 16 114 76 38 4 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2012 25 Hou 5 30 23 7 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2013 26 Hou 7 48 36 12 1.5 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Brian Cushing
  2. Paul Hazel
  3. Akeem Dent
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Defensive Snaps in 2013

Brian Cushing was on the field for 329 of his team's snaps on defense in 2013.


Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Brian Cushing was on the field for 31 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Def ST
2011 - -
2012 250 14
2013 329 31

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Brian Cushing 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @SD 52 4 5 4 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Ten 70 5 11 10 1 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Bal 61 6 8 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Sea 24 2 9 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 @SF 44 6 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 StL 37 6 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @KC 41 2 4 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 BYE Bye Week
9 Ind
10 @Ari
11 Oak
12 Jax
13 NE
14 @Jax
15 @Ind
16 Den
17 @Ten

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Brian Cushing
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Height:   6' 3"
Weight:   249 lbs
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Brian Cushing: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

While Cushing (knee/fibula) isn't sure when he will return to the practice field, he's confident that he will be ready to start the season, the Texans' official site reports. "I know Iíll be ready," Cushing said Tuesday. "I know when itís go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, Iíll be there."

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The last time Cushing suited up for the Texans was last October, but the linebacker continues to progress in his recovery and remains on track to reclaim his starting inside linebacker spot in advance of Week 1. Prior to suffering his injury in Week 7 of the 2013 season, Cushing racked up 48 tackles, a pick and 1.5 sacks.
Though Cushing (knee) has been limited during OTAs, Texans coach Bill O'Brien expects the linebacker to be ready for training camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (knee) did not participate in the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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The level of Cushing's (knee) participation in the Texans' organized team activities, which run from May 27 to June 13, has yet to be determined, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (knee) said he expects to be 100 percent in "a month-and-a-half, two months," the Texans' official site reports. He's working his way back from a second significant knee injury.

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Cushing would perhaps rank higher were he not returning from an ACL tear that occurred in Week 5 last year. He's a Pro Bowl-caliber talent when healthy and makes an impact in the tackle, sack and interception categories, so there's definite upside here. Cushing averaged 124 tackles between the two full seasons he's played in Houston (2009 and 2011), and he also posted eight sacks and six interceptions between these two years. Cushing is expected to be healthy for training camp, but even if he's not at full strength to begin the season he could still approach 120 tackles by default because the Texans lack talent at inside linebacker.


Cushing is a better on-field player than IDP at this point, so donít expect his production to return to his rookie-year level, when he totaled 133 tackles (86 solo), four sacks and four interceptions. This is due to Houstonís clock-eating offense and that the Texans defense does a good job of getting off the field. That said, Cushingís playmaking abilities shine through, as he finished last year with 114 stops (76 solo), four sacks and two interceptions. The selection of outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus in the first round of the draft ensures Houston will keep Cushing exclusively on the inside, where most of the tackle opportunities are.


Cushing's 2010 season was badly compromised by his four-game suspension for alleged illegal PED use, but he should be back to posting big numbers in 2011. Houston is switching to a 3-4 defense despite a potential lack of the necessary personnel on the defensive line, meaning Cushing and his fellow linebackers could see more tackle opportunities than usual if runners are allowed to breeze past the line of scrimmage. His value is further aided by the fact that he's expected to work occasionally as a pass rusher, meaning he'll have a chance to add a decent sack total to what should be standout tackle production. Considering his size/speed/strength combination, Cushing should be able to thrive both on the inside and out, and he's a good IDP target at linebacker as a result.


Cushing would rank much higher on this list based on his rookie season alone ó he racked up 134 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the AP. But this spring, we learned that Cushing failed a drug test during that campaign and will sit out the first four games of 2010 for violating the NFLís PED policy. Weíll leave the moralizing about his transgression to the Peter Kings of the world and skip to the numbers, which tell us that 12 games worth of Cushing ó plus four games of replacement-level production ó should still be a better IDP option than a full season of most linebackers out there.


Cushing will start at strongside linebacker, which is typically Mario Williams' side. With linemen focusing on Williams so much, there may be a few sack opportunities for Cushing.