Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: The Texans like OLB Brian Cushing because he was a four-year starter at Southern California who became a team leader and plays with the kind of intensity and energy they want on defense. He'll play on the strong side. He's tough against the run but fast enough to learn to cover. A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/15 -- Brian Cushing, OLB, 6-3, 243, Southern Cal...The Texans liked the USC linebackers -- Cushing and Clay Matthews -- and when the 15th pick arrived, both were still available. Cushing was the target of defensive coordinator Frank Bush since the college season ended. Bush says Cushing will compete with Zac Diles for the starting job on the strong side. He has the versatility to line up even on the edge and rush. The Texans love his athleticism and work ethic, and he is expected to make an instant impact. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Brian Cushing News
11/17/14 - ILB Brian Cushing returned to the lineup after missing two games to rest a sore knee. He led the front seven with six tackles, including a forced fumble. He also drilled quarterback Brian Hoyer two times. Cushing said after the game and again Monday that his knee felt a lot better.
11/12/14 - ILB Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney are expected to play against Cleveland. Both have been out with soreness in their knees.
Cushing missed the past two games because of the soreness that had reduced his speed and mobility. Clowney has appeared in one game since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery after the opening victory over Washington.
If Clowney is able to play, he's expected to be used in a fashion similar to the Tennessee game when he came off the bench to rush the passer.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson, a five-year starter, won't play because of a sprained MCL. He'll be replaced by A.J. Bouye, who's usually the first cornerback off the bench.
11/10/14 - ILB Brian Cushing (knee) should be ready to play at Cleveland. He sat out the last two games to rest his sore knee and had another week to recuperate because of the bye. He was playing well until his knee slowed him down significantly in the loss to Pittsburgh on Oct. 20.
10/29/14 - ILB Brian Cushing is expected to miss a second consecutive game to rest a sore knee. With the bye week after the Philadelphia game, he should be healthy for the Nov. 16 game at Cleveland.
10/27/14 - ILB Brian Cushing may miss a second consecutive game to rest his sore knee, but coach Bill O'Brien said he'll make a decision before they host Philadelphia on Sunday.
Cushing said he "plans to play," but a decision won't be made until Sunday morning. There's a chance Cushing won't play until the Texans visit Cleveland after their open date.
"Just progress," Cushing said when asked what it would take for him to get back on the field. "Try to take it day by day and try to get better. I'll work with the trainers and I'll be in every meeting."