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
12/21/16 - LB Brian Cushing is playing despite broken bones in his back.
12/14/16 - LB Brian Cushing is playing with broken bones in his back.
10/03/16 - LB Brian Cushing returned Sunday from a sprained MCL.
09/20/16 - LB Brian Cushing (sprained MCL) is out Thursday.
09/12/16 - LB Brian Cushing is out four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. "I think he'll be fine," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He won't be in there for a bit. I think Brian will be back sooner rather than later. He knows exactly what's wrong."