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ILB Brian Cushing - Houston Texans

6-3, 243Born: 1-24-1987College: USCDrafted: Round 1, pick 15

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Cushing broke his fibula and tore his LCL during Week Seven of the 2013 season. He was medically cleared as of early April, and looks set to fully participate in regular season this year - he may be limited during training camp as he gets back into 'football shape'.


Cushing was a defensive star as a rookie, posting 133 tackles on his way to winning the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Cushing again led the Texans with 114 tackles in 2011, but he's played only 12 games since then and developed a troubling injury history. Cushing is hoping to be ready for week one heading into 2014. He should have a lot of room to operate behind J.J. Watt if he can stay healthy, but at this point that is a big if. (May 6)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 18, 8, 15, 33, 34
Overall Redraft - 36, 12, 27
ILB Dynasty - 21, 20, 24
Overall Dynasty - 53, 53

Stats and Projections

2011 HOU 16 76 38 4 2 0 2 5 0
2012 HOU 5 22 7 0 1 0 1 2 0
2013 HOU 7 37 11 2 1 0 1 2 1
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 78 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 87 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Texans | Three participate in practice (Tue Aug 19, 04:17 PM) - Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring) and LB Brian Cushing (undisclosed) were all active for practice Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Our View: Another step in the right direction for Johnson and Foster, but more of a baby step than real progress. We want to see both play in the third game of the preseason this weekend to feel comfortable taking them at their 2nd and 4th round ADP.
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2014 Schedule

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