Cushing has retired and joined the Texans as a strength and conditioning coach, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing played his entire career for Houston before being released last offseason and failing to catch on with another team. In nine seasons, the 2009 first-round pick amassed 424 tackles, including 13.5 sacks, and 30 passes defensed, including eight interceptions, across 104 games played.
Cushing visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports.
When he wasn't injured or suspended during nine seasons with the Texans, Cushing was quite productive, averaging 6.4 tackles per game while accumulating 13.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and eight interceptions across 104 contests. Working alongside Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, Cushing would solidify the second level of the Seahawks defense, assuming the two sides reach agreement on a contract.
The Texans officially released Cushing on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The transaction was a formality after the Texans informed Cushing two days earlier that they would part ways with him before the start of the new league year. While Cushing missed 10 games due to suspension last season, rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole proved capable at inside linebacker, which likely contributed heavily to the Texans' decision to cut the veteran.
Cushing has been informed that he will be released by the Texans prior to the start of the new league year March 14, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans will save roughly $8 million against the cap by releasing Cushing, who has performed well below his paygrade the past few years and was suspended 10 games this past season for his second violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Making this an even easier decision for Houston was the emergence of 2017 rookie linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole, who evidently combined to make Cushing expendable. The 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year will finish his time in Houston as the Texans' all-time leading tackler and will certainly draw interest from other organizations at a reduced price when he hits the open market.
Cushing had six tackles (four solo), including a sack, in Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.
Cushing has played two games since returning from a 10-game suspension and has recorded a sack in each of those contests. An inside linebacker for his entire career, Cushing is now playing on the outside, where his chances to rush the quarterback and record sacks increase.
Cushing returned from a 10-game suspension and had five tackles, including half a sack, in Week 14's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.
Cushing was at strong-side outside linebacker. That's not his usual position, but one that could lead to more sacks for the eight-year veteran, who has spent most of his career at inside linebacker.
Cushing (suspension) received a repeal of his roster exemption Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With the roster exemption no more, Cushing is set to play this Sunday's game against San Francisco. The timing couldn't be better, as it comes on the heels of Brennan Scarlett (foot) landing on injured reserve. Cushing will likely resume his starting spot when the team takes the field Sunday.
The Texans were granted a one-week roster exemption Wednesday to evaluate Cushing's condition following his completion of a 10-game suspension, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cushing hasn't been added to the 53-man roster and isn't expected to play Sunday against the Titans. "We talked for a while," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said, regarding whether or not to reinstate Cushing this week. "We're going to really condition this week to look at where he's at in that respect. He's been working out obviously, but football conditioning, see where he's at. It's great to have him back in the building and he's happy to be back and kind of take it from there."
Cushing was unable to practice with the team while he served his suspension for being a repeat offender of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, so he'll take the next several days to get back up to full speed following the lengthy layoff. The Texans have lost multiple key players due to injury this season, but middle linebacker counts as one of the team's areas of strength. With that in mind, Cushing isn't certain to displace Benardrick McKinney or Zach Cunningham of their respective starting roles once he rejoins the roster.
Cushing returned from his suspension Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing returned to the Texans' facilities this week after he was suspended for 10 games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Head coach Bill O'Brien noted that the Texans are in no rush to get the linebacker back on the field, as he may not be up to speed given his extended absence. Look for more updates on Cushing's status to come over the next handful of weeks.
Cushing (suspension) reported to team facilities Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing is eligible to return from a 10-game suspension next Tuesday. It isn't clear if he'll assume his usual starting role off the bat.
Cushing (concussion) has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
Already set to miss the Texans' Week 2 tilt with the Bengals due to the concussion, Cushing will now have to wait until Week 13 to play again. The Texans will look to rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole to start alongside Benardrick McKinney, who supplanted Cushing as the IDP of choice from Houston's linebacking corps last season. Cushing was previously suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010, which explains why he was subject to a lengthier suspension this time around.
Cushing (concussion) has been ruled out for Thursday's game in Cincinnati, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing never had much of a chance to play with the Texans having a quick turnaround between games. His absence should ensure Benardrick McKinney (knee) has an every-down role, assuming McKinney is able to play.
Cushing (concussion) is not likely to play Thursday against the Bengals, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Cushing left Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars after taking a hit to the head and has been in the league's concussion protocol since. With the short week, it looks as if the team will be extra cautious with the starting linebacker.
Cushing (concussion) won't return to Sunday's matchup with the Jaguars.
Cushing will enter the league's concussion protocol. Undrafted rookie Dylan Cole and 2017 second-round pick Zach Cunningham will be tasked to fill in for Cushing until he's deemed healthy again.
Cushing is being evaluated for a possible concussion.
Cushing will have to pass through the league's concussion protocol before he can find himself back on the field. In the meantime, Dylan Cole is likely to slide into Cushing's spot at inside linebacker.
Cushing (shoulder) started in Wednesday's preseason opener against the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing underwent offseason shoulder surgery and was limited in practice throughout the month of June. Since the Texans likely wouldn't have allowed him to play in the preseason unless he was fully recovered, he appears to be healthy at present time.
Cushing (shoulder) is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, Alex Del Barrio of CBS Houston reports.
Cushing also received time off in OTAs while he was working his way back from January shoulder surgery. Expect the Texans to hold the starting linebacker out select activities during the early stages of training camp.
Cushing did not participate in practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
There's a fair level of obscurity regarding Cushing's injury, but without any further word, we're left assuming he'll be back relatively soon. Cushing has played through plenty of dings before, so his absence is likely the result of a precautionary measure more than anything else at the moment.
Cushing recently had "clean-up" surgery on his shoulder, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cushing dealt with knee, back, ankle, and shoulder injuries throughout the 2016 campaign but didn't miss any time due to his shoulder ailment. His other injuries aren't expected to require surgery, and he isn't expected to be held out of any offseason practices.
Cushing (ankle) participated fully in Thursday's practice session.
Cushing played through his ankle injury in Saturday's win over Oakland and isn't expected to miss any time in the divisional round despite being limited in Wednesday's practice.
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