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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09/15/17 - LB Brian Cushing was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Wednesday. It was Cushing's second career suspension for drug use.
09/11/17 - LB Brian Cushing suffered a concussion during Sunday's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
08/08/17 - ILB Brian Cushing has recovered well from shoulder surgery.
07/26/17 - LB Brian Cushing practiced fully after offseason shoulder surgery.
05/24/17 - LB Brian Cushing was sidelined Tuesday. Cushing underwent shoulder surgery following the Texans' playoff loss to the New England Patriots. He worked on the side along with several teammates.