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Texans move Brian Cushing back outside

With middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans out for the year, Brian Cushing has moved inside. And his performance has suffered as a result of it.

Now, Cushing will be moving back outside.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that coach Gary Kubiak made the announcement after practice on Wednesday.

Cushing will still play in the middle at times, along with Kevin Bentley.

The Texans need Cushing to play like he did in 2009, when he earned the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year award. From the middle linebacker position, he simply wasn’t getting it done.

The Texans visit the Jaguars on Sunday in a battle of 4-4 teams.