Report: Texans will release Brian Cushing

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The Texans will release inside linebacker Brian Cushing before the league year begins March 14, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The emergence of second-year linebackers Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole made Cushing expendable.

Houston will save $7.64 million under the salary cap with Cushing’s release.

Cushing served a 10-game suspension this season for violating the NFL performance-enhancing drug policy. He made 16 tackles and 1.5 sacks in five games, starting the final four games at outside linebacker because of injuries.

Cushing, a first-round pick in 2009, started all 104 games he played during his nine seasons in Houston.

45 responses to “Report: Texans will release Brian Cushing

  1. I remember when NFLN used to play Cushing and Crabtree commercials every. single. break.

  2. xavier179 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    Finally they are truly thinking, this dude is always injured or juiced.
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    He was probably injured because he juiced

  3. exinsidetrader says:
    Hot Take: A guy juicing is a guy committed to giving the team his best
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    Truth take: A guy juicing has no problem cheating and violating the terms of his contract if that’s what it takes to keep him in the league and making money. He’s too stupid to worry about his future health, or even beyond tomorrow, and more than willing to risk a suspension if he gets caught, the team be damned.

  4. flviking says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    Come to GB, but bring your stash with you to share with Clay
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    Oh I get it! Cute.

    Kinda like this…. Eagles fan walks into a bar and asks guy (Viking fan) sitting at bar for the time. Viking guy says “6:22”. Philly fan laughs and says, don’t you mean 38-7.

  5. gbpackersfan12 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Oh I get it! Cute.

    Kinda like this…. Eagles fan walks into a bar and asks guy (Viking fan) sitting at bar for the time. Viking guy says “6:22”. Philly fan laughs and says, don’t you mean 38-7.
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    No, more like Erin walks into a Barr, lays on the ground in pain, misses the rest of the season, and the cheese go on to a losing record. The numbers that matter are 16-0 on your home turf and watching the Vikes in the playoffs. Get used to it, because that will be common place going forward.

  6. He’s the NFL version of the British Bulldog. He’s a 190lbs man that juiced himself to 250lbs….can’t imagine what that is going to do to his long term health.

  7. Cushing sure didn’t seem like a very good team-mate during that season of Hard Knocks. I wonder if his team-mates will even care.

  8. gbpackersfan12 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm
    flviking says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm
    Come to GB, but bring your stash with you to share with Clay
    ——————————————————————————
    Oh I get it! Cute.

    Kinda like this…. Eagles fan walks into a bar and asks guy (Viking fan) sitting at bar for the time. Viking guy says “6:22”. Philly fan laughs and says, don’t you mean 38-7.

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    Kinda like this……….Falcon fan walks into a bar and ask guy (packer fan) sitting at bar for time. Packer guy says “6:22”. Falcon fan laughs and says, don’t you mean 44-21? No not even funny when I say it, and I’m a funny guy.

  9. If he’s healthy and not on the juice he’s still a solid player. Big if though.

    It might always rub some people (like myself) the wrong way that a guy who has multiple suspensions for PED violations gets another opportunity in the league but you and I both know he’s gonna get picked up by someone.

  10. The player had PED suspicions swirling around him since high school. Despite the injuries and suspensions, the guy was a first round pick and stayed in the league for 9 seasons. There comes a time for every player when the pay no longer matches the production or potential. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  11. I believe their were rumors of this guy juicing back in high school, let alone while at USC. Take your money and get yourself healthy

  12. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    gbpackersfan12 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Oh I get it! Cute.

    Kinda like this…. Eagles fan walks into a bar and asks guy (Viking fan) sitting at bar for the time. Viking guy says “6:22”. Philly fan laughs and says, don’t you mean 38-7.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No, more like Erin walks into a Barr, lays on the ground in pain, misses the rest of the season, and the cheese go on to a losing record. The numbers that matter are 16-0 on your home turf and watching the Vikes in the playoffs. Get used to it, because that will be common place going forward.
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    Too soon?! My bad. For sure next year tho with the 16-0 stuff. I like when someone keeps goals obtainable and realistic. You’re my boy blue!!

  13. exinsidetrader says:
    February 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    Hot Take: A guy juicing is a guy committed to giving the team his best, even at the expense of his health.

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    can’t commit to giving your best if you’re suspended.

  14. This is the guy who said, “get sacks, get stacks”. Meaning he would get stacks of money for getting sacks. Sounds like an illegal “incentive program” for big plays.

    Gotta love the NFL and their selective enforcement of the rules.

  15. xavier179 says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm
    Finally they are truly thinking, this dude is always injured or juiced.
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    You could say the same thing about Watt

  16. thrifty says:
    February 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm
    patriots on line 1 – they like overpaid washed up LBs

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    Actually they dont. BB will take a guy if he wants to sign cheap (BB’s critics say that makes him cheap, but it has proven effective) and prove he has something. But he has no more than 2-3 weeks to prove it or he is gone again. (His critics say BB is heartless about that stuff but it has proven effective.) in this case a tendency to get suspended for rules violations will not play well in any devisions either.

  17. After the injuries and suspensions, this is to be expected. The Pats, as some have said jokingly, actually might kick the tires on him, but they probably are in line for a younger full time starter in the middle, especially if they decide to retain Harrison. There aren’t too many teams who would likely be interested in an injury prone linebacker who has lost his speed and has a history of PED suspensions.

    His best chance is wait on an injury.

  18. Note to Reggie McKenzie, when people was raving about Zach Cunningham, maybe you should have addressed that position instead of going after the MASH units you picked. I hope John Gruden has a easy button on his desk.

  19. I though Cushing was great in The Program, maybe he can go back to acting. Starting Defense, a seat at the table!

  20. I’d be curious if he would want a homecoming and play for the New York Giants. The linebacker position has been a sore spot for quite some time and the middle has always been a rotating door.

  21. Sadly, I’ll always wonder if Cushing was good because of or in spite of drugs. And while this may be blasphemy, I wonder about other players of the past, including LT. Did drugs give them an edge? Would they be as good without them?

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