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Brian Cushing

27-Year-Old Linebacker – Houston Texans

2014 Defensive Stats

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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.

September 10, 2014  –  Brian Cushing News

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Cushing played 42 of 65 defensive snaps in Houston's win over Washington in Week 1. He told CSN Houston that playing less than a full game was the plan entering the regular season.

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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 2 11 7 4 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. Justin Tuggle
Houston Texans

Snap Count Stats

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Defensive Snaps in 2014

Brian Cushing was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on defense in 2014.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Brian Cushing was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Def ST
2012 250 14
2013 329 31
2014 0 0
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 0 0 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Oak 0 0 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @NYG
4 Buf
5 @Dal
6 Ind
7 @Pit
8 @Ten
9 Phi
10 BYE Bye Week
11 @Cle
12 Cin
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) made his preseason debut Saturday night in Houston's win over Denver. He had one tackle in limited exposure.

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Cushing (knee) has passed his physical and was removed from the Texans' PUP list, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Cushing, who suffered a broken leg and torn LCL last October, suited up for Wednesday's practice. While his return to the field is an encouraging sign, it remains to be seen when Cushing will be ready for game action. Once he reestablishes his health, Cushing (who notched 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven games last season) will merit IDP consideration while manning a starting inside linebacker role for the Texans.
Cushing (knee) is expected to begin practicing this week, the Texans' official site reports.

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

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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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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 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.

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 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.

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.