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Report: Texans will release Brian Cushing

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans warms up on the field prior to the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 17, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)

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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.