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
10/22/13 - LB Brian Cushing will have Dr. James Andrews repair his torn lateral cruciate ligament and fractured fibula in Pensacola, Fla., this week.
Cushing suffered the season-ending injuries in Sunday's 17-16 loss at Kansas City. Cushing said on Monday it'll be a three-month rehab process, about a third of what it took him to return from surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament last season.
"I will rehab again harder than ever," Cushing said. "Last year was just the warmup. I'm at expert at the process now. I will be back better than ever next year, and that's a fact."
10/04/13 - --ILB Brian Cushing (concussion) was cleared to play against the San Francisco 49ers and is expected to start
10/03/13 - ILB Brian Cushing suffered a concussion that's not serious. He worked out with the team on Wednesday and is expected to start at San Francisco.
09/30/13 - ILB Brian Cushing suffered a concussion that's not serious. His teammates said after the game he told them he'd be fine. Expect him to start against San Francisco.
09/26/13 - ILB Brian Cushing has the only turnover that's been forced. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the opening victory at San Diego.