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Brian Cushing

29-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

2016 Defensive Stats

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2016 Defensive Projections

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2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

If J.J. Watt is the face of Houston's defense, Cushing is the heart. And, as the signal-caller, he's the mind. Cushing has wrestled with multiple knee surgeries that limited him to 12 games in 2012 an...

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2016 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  9

STATUS:  Out     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 6' 3"   WT: 255   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.

September 11, 2016  –  Brian Cushing News

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Cushing tore his MCL in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Bears and is expected to miss six weeks, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com 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
2014 27 Hou 14 72 41 31 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2015 28 Hou 16 110 63 47 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2016 29 Hou 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 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
  3. Akeem Dent
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Snap Count Stats

9

Defensive Snaps in 2016

Brian Cushing was on the field for 9 of his team's snaps on defense in 2016.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Brian Cushing was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Def ST
2014 724 29
2015 986 73
2016 9 0
Brian Cushing 2016 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 Chi 9 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 KC
3 @NE
4 Ten
5 @Min
6 Ind
7 @Den
8 Det
9 BYE Bye Week
10 @Jax
11 @Oak
12 SD
13 @GB
14 @Ind
15 Jax
16 Cin
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' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   255 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 suffered a knee injury in Week 1's matchup with the Bears and is questionable to return.

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Cushing (rest) returned to practice Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing (rest) will not play in Houston's preseason opener versus San Francisco, NFL.com's James Palmer reports.

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Cushing recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) with an interception in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs.

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Cushing (hip) is active Sunday against the Colts.

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Cushing (hip) is probable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

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Cushing did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing underwent X-rays on his leg, which came back negative, following Week 14's loss to the Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's banged up, but I think he'll be ready to go next Sunday," Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. "I think it's just a lower extremity deal, not sure exactly what it is. It's not a major injury."

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2015

Once one of the game's most promising players, Cushing has fallen upon bad injury luck the last few years. A torn ACL in 2012 was followed by a break and torn LCL in the same leg in 2013, and he missed two games last year with a knee injury. He also needed minor surgeries to his wrist, left knee and left ankle after the 2014 season. If Cushing's injury luck turns, however, he'll be a probable IDP factor given that he averaged roughly 108 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two interceptions per year in his first three seasons.

2014

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 suffered a broken leg and torn LCL in the same leg in Week 7 last season. That injury risk leaves him with a fairly low floor, but the upside is considerable when he's on the field. He has 402 tackles in 56 career games, which projects to about 115 per 16-game season. He's also among the league's best sources for sack and interception production, with 12 and eight in his career, respectively.

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.