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
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."
10/26/14 - LB Brian Cushing (knee) went through pregame warm-ups but didn't play, replaced by Akeem Dent, who finished with four tackles and a quarterback hurry. It's not known if Cushing will be able to play next week.
10/08/14 - ILB Brian Cushing, who hasn't practiced because of a knee injury, is expected to play against the Colts. In five games against the Colts, he has 47 tackles.
10/06/14 - ILB Brian Cushing recorded the Texans' only sack against Dallas.