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Brian Cushing

27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

2014 Defensive Stats

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64

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2014 Defensive Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

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

HT: 6' 3"   WT: 249   DOB: 1/24/1987  College: Southern California  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Brian Cushing Contract Information:

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

November 16, 2014  –  Brian Cushing News

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Cushing (knee) had six tackles, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Browns.

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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
2014 27 Hou 9 64 37 27 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Brian Cushing – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Brian Cushing
  2. Max Bullough
Houston Texans

Snap Count Stats

489

Defensive Snaps in 2014

Brian Cushing was on the field for 489 of his team's snaps on defense in 2014.

29

Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Brian Cushing was on the field for 29 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Def ST
2012 250 14
2013 329 31
2014 489 29
Brian Cushing 2014 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 Was 42 1 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Oak 36 1 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @NYG 57 8 17 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Buf 45 4 9 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Dal 51 4 8 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Ind 84 6 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Pit 51 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Ten
9 Phi
10 BYE Bye Week
11 @Cle 59 0 6 4 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
12 Cin 64 0 8 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Ten
14 @Jax
15 @Ind
16 Bal
17 Jax

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  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   249 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.64 sec
GOOD
Shuttle Time:   4.22 sec
GOOD
Cone Drill:   6.84 sec
ELITE
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   35 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   120 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   30 reps
ELITE
Houston Texans Team Injury Report
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Brian Cushing: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cushing (knee) is active for Sunday’s matchup against the Browns.

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Cushing (knee) will definitely play in Sunday's game against the Browns, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Browns, the Texans' official site reports.

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Cushing (knee) was limited at practice Thursday, but indicated he was feeling good after three weeks off, the Texans' official site reports.

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Cushing (knee) is expected to play Week 11 against the Browns, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (knee) is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Eagles, the Texans' official site reports.

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Cushing, who has 50 tackles and a sack in seven games to date, will be held out Sunday, though given that he had reportedly a shot to suit up this week, he seems a solid bet to return to action after the Texans' Week 10 bye.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Cushing (knee) was "moving around pretty good out there" during Friday's practice session, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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2014

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2013

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.

2012

Cushing is a better on-field player than IDP at this point, so don’t 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 Houston’s clock-eating offense and that the Texans defense does a good job of getting off the field. That said, Cushing’s 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.

2011

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.

2010

Cushing would rank much higher on this list based on his rookie season alone — 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 NFL’s PED policy. We’ll 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 — plus four games of replacement-level production — should still be a better IDP option than a full season of most linebackers out there.

2009

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.