Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
4 days ago

Cushing returned from a 10-game suspension and had five tackles, including half a sack, in Week 14's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing was at strong-side outside linebacker -- not his usual position, but one that could lead to more sacks for the eight-year veteran, who has spent most of his career at inside linebacker.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
2 weeks ago

Cushing (suspension) received a repeal of his roster exemption Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the roster exemption no more, Cushing is set to play this Sunday's game against San Francisco. The timing could not be better with the news of Brennan Scarlett (foot) landing on injured reserve. Cushing will likely resume his starting spot when the team takes the field Sunday.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
2 weeks ago

The Texans were granted a one-week roster exemption Wednesday to evaluate Cushing's condition following his completion of a 10-game suspension, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cushing hasn't been added to the 53-man roster and isn't expected to play Sunday against the Titans. "We talked for a while," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said, regarding whether or not to reinstate Cushing this week. "We're going to really condition this week to look at where he's at in that respect. He's been working out obviously, but football conditioning, see where he's at. It's great to have him back in the building and he's happy to be back and kind of take it from there."

EDGE Analysis

Cushing was unable to practice with the team while he served his suspension for being a repeat offender of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, so he'll take the next several days to get back up to full speed following the lengthy layoff. The Texans have lost multiple key players due to injury this season, but middle linebacker counts as one of the team's areas of strength. With that in mind, Cushing isn't certain to displace Benardrick McKinney or Zach Cunningham of their respective starting roles once he rejoins the roster.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 weeks ago

Cushing returned from his suspension Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing returned to the Texans' facilities this week after he was suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Head coach Bill O'Brien noted that the Texans are in no rush to get the linebacker back on the field, as he may not be up to speed given his extended absence. Look for more updates on Cushing's status to come over the next handful of weeks.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 weeks ago

Cushing (suspension) reported to team facilities Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing is eligible to return from a 10-game suspension next Tuesday. It isn't clear if he'll instantly assume his usual starting role off the bat.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 months ago

Cushing (concussion) has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Already set to miss Week 2 with a concussion, Cushing will now have to wait until Week 13 to play again. The Texans will look to rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole alongside Bernardrick McKinney, who last season supplanted Cushing as the IDP of choice from Houston's linebacking corps. Cushing was suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 months ago

Cushing (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Cincinnati, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing never had much of a chance to play with the Texans on a short week. His absence should ensure Benardrick McKinney (knee) has an every-down role, assuming he's able to play.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 months ago

Cushing (concussion) is not likely to play Thursday against the Bengals, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing left Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars after taking a hit to the head and has been in the league's concussion protocol since. With the short week, it looks as if the team will be extra cautious with the starting linebacker.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 months ago

Cushing (concussion) won't return to Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing will enter the league's concussion protocol. Undrafted rookie Dylan Cole and 2017 second-round pick Zach Cunningham will be tasked to fill in for Cushing until he's deemed healthy again.

Brian Cushing
LB HOU (7)
3 months ago

Cushing is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

EDGE Analysis

Cushing will have to pass through the league's concussion protocol before he can find himself back on the field. In the meantime, Dylan Cole is the likely man to slide into Cushing's spot at inside linebacker.