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Brian Cushing

27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

2013 Defensive Stats

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48

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1

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2013 Defensive Projections

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2013 Fantasy Football Outlook

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 inte...

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2013 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  8

STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 6' 2"   WT: 243   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) 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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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
Houston Texans

Snap Count Stats

329

Defensive Snaps in 2013

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

31

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
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 2"
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Weight:   243 lbs
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Houston Texans Team Injury Report
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Brian Cushing: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cushing (knee) is off crutches and began weight-bearing exercises Tuesday, the Texans' official site reports.
Cushing suffered a torn LCL and a broken leg in Sunday's game against the Chiefs that will require season-ending surgery, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com.

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Cushing was carted off the field in Sunday's game, but did not tear the same ACL as last year. The broken leg and LCL are serious injuries that will end his season, but are considered slightly less precarious in rehab. Daryl Sharpton could see the starts at Cushing's inside linebacker position the rest of this season.
Cushing was carted off during Sunday's game with a left knee injury, ESPN reports.

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Cushing (concussion) had six tackles (five solo), including one tackle for a loss, in Sunday night's loss to San Francisco.

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Cushing (concussion) is set to play this week against San Francisco, the Houston Chronicle reports. He passed the NFL's concussion protocol Friday.

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Cushing (concussion) was limited at Thursday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing is expected to pass the NFL's concussion protocol Friday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (concussion) took part in Monday's team meetings, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He is feeling much better...I couldn't begin to tell you exactly where he's at in that process," Houston coach Gary Kubiak said.

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2013

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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.