Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will reportedly miss a significant amount of time due to the leg injury he sustained during Sunday's game.
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing rejoined his teammates Wednesday after being activated from the physically unable to perform list, calling it "one small step" in his return from a broken leg and torn LCL.
While Cushing was guarded in his comments to reporters, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that "there is currently no reason to believe" the 27-year-old won't be ready for the Texans' season opener.
"I think we're just going to go day-by-day and kind of feel it out and do what's best for myself, the team and everybody else," Cushing said regarding the timetable for his return to game action.
Cushing did not participate in team drills Wednesday but was able to do some individual work. He didn't rule out the possibility of playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons, but Florio reports it is unlikely.
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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing appears poised to follow through on his promise to be on the field for their Week 1 matchup against Washington.
The team activated Cushing off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, and he was on the field for the start of practice, Deepi Sidhu of the team's official website reports.
Cushing was limited to only seven games played last season as the result of a broken fibula and torn LCL.
Few players in the NFL have overcome as much adversity as Cushing in recent years. The former first-round pick also ended the 2012 season on IR after tearing his ACL in Week 5.
After declaring himself "100 percent" healthy in April, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is confident he'll be ready for the start of the season.
"I know I'll be ready," Cushing said Tuesday night, via the team website. "I know when it's go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I'll be there."
Cushing was limited to seven games last season because of a right leg injury, and did not participate in any of the Texans' offseason team activities. Though unsure of when he'll be able to return to practice, Cushing remains optimistic.
"I'm still working out every day," he said. "I'm just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp. Come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job."
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing says he has been medically cleared and is "100 percent" healthy.
The 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year tweeted the news on Wednesday as he continues to recover from back-to-back season-ending injuries.
Cushing, 27, has played just 12 games since the start of 2012. The former first-round pick tore his ACL after five games in 2012 and then broke his fibula and tore his LCL in Week 7 against the Chiefs last season.
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is off crutches and ready to begin weight-bearing exercises, the Texans' official site reports.
For a second straight year, Cushing is embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation program following a significant on-field injury. He broke his fibula and tore his LCL vs. the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.
Cushing says his recovery is on schedule, and he hopes to be back on the field in the spring for offseason team activities.
“I am hoping that January/February, I think I’ve said before, is really the goal right now, to be 100 percent running, no restrictions, I think if anything, it just that knee brace just might be my best friend for the rest of my career and that’s just how it’s going to be.”
After suffering a season-ending injury for the second consecutive year, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing says he has become an expert at the rehabilitation process, and has vowed to come back better than ever in the 2014 campaign.
"I will rehab again harder than ever," Cushing told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. "Last year was just the warmup. I'm an expert at the process now.
"I will be back better than ever next year, and that's a fact."
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was the victim of another low block that resulted in a season-ending injury on Sunday, this time suffering a torn LCL and broken leg after being hit by Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Cushing suffered a torn ACL last season on a similar play against the New York Jets, but this time around made it clear that he has no hard feelings over the incident.
When Texans LB Brian Cushing got hit Sunday, he was rolling around in obvious pain. As Albert Breer is reporting, there's a very good reason for that.
Cushing tore his ACL last year, and had it surgically repaired. He will be out for the season. Obviously, this is a blow for Cushing, but he tweeted out a motivational message nonetheless.
Texans LB Brian Cushing left the game with a knee injury on Sunday. He did not return.
Speculation begins now as to the severity of the injury. Cushing was writhing in obvious pain, and was carted off the field. To make matters worse, the injured knee is the same one he had surgically repaired last year after tearing his ACL.