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Kubiak concerned about Brian Cushing’s absence

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The Texans haven’t seen what Brian Cushing looks like at inside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense.

Still recovering from knee surgery on his patella tendon, Cushing hasn’t practiced at all in training camp.  Coach Gary Kubiak spoke optimistically about the recovery of linebacker DeMeco Ryans Tuesday, but sounded a different note about Cushing.

“I’m concerned,” Kubiak said Tuesday via the Houston Chronicle. “He needs to get out here and go to work with his buddies. Obviously he had surgery done and we didn’t have him all offseason, so we couldn’t just throw him out there and watch him. . . . It’s hard to be at your best when you’re missing a lot of time, so we need to get him out there.”

It’s fair to be concerned.  Cushing simply wasn’t the same player in 2010 after his PED suspension.  If he starts to struggle with injuries, his career path will start looking too much like Shawne Merriman’s.

Cushing showed up at camp talking about losing 10 pounds. (As MDS notes, it’s always a little funny when guys busted for PEDs brag about losing weight.)

We think the Texans defense can improve greatly under Wade Phillips, but getting Cushing back on the field and effective again is a big x-factor.

UPDATE: Cushing heard Kubiak’s message. He returned to the field for “some” team drills on Wednesday morning, although not with the starters.  We’ll keep an eye on his progress this month.

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29 Responses to “Kubiak concerned about Brian Cushing’s absence”
  1. richm2256 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:41 AM

    Haven’t seen him because his little brown package hasn’t come in the mail yet.

  2. daudi88 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:45 AM

    Post PED breakdown. Typical.

  3. august1969 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:48 AM

    ha! he’s gonna show up all skinny with a giant head like Giambi!

  4. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 10, 2011 10:49 AM

    Let’s see if he can get back to his ROY form.

  5. jetsjetsjetss says: Aug 10, 2011 10:51 AM

    LOL he’s juicing up in his closet! He will be out of the league soon enough. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!

  6. shaunymac424 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:51 AM

    It’s over, young fella. See you in Buffalo soon.

  7. blackbeardk says: Aug 10, 2011 10:53 AM

    Can’t pass the drug test…can’t show up and risk suspension…

  8. macjacmccoy says: Aug 10, 2011 10:55 AM

    He’s hiding until the HGH gets out of his system.

  9. medtxpack says: Aug 10, 2011 10:56 AM

    hes freaked about the HGH testing?!

  10. battleredraider says: Aug 10, 2011 10:57 AM

    Nothing to be concerned about. Don’t want to overtrain him

  11. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 10, 2011 11:00 AM

    Being the only player to win the DROY award twice. I’m not too worried about him. ha…ha…

  12. shotzu says: Aug 10, 2011 11:03 AM

    He’s runnin with the first team this morning fellas. sorry to disappoint. GO TEXANS!

  13. theravishingrachelnichols says: Aug 10, 2011 11:04 AM

    Starting Defense! A seat at the table.

    *head butts car window*

  14. micraidermicraider says: Aug 10, 2011 11:09 AM

    Cushing is in full gear at practice today, 610 sports radio..Houston

  15. joemcrugby says: Aug 10, 2011 11:10 AM

    “If he starts to struggle with injuries, his career path will start looking too much like Shawne Merriman’s.”
    ___________________________

    If / when Cushing has his knee destroyed on a coach-ordered hit where an offensive lineman intentionally takes out his knee, then Cushing’s career path will mirror Merriman’s.

  16. stairwayto7 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:15 AM

    His roid cycle is starting…..

  17. mgjnsc says: Aug 10, 2011 11:16 AM

    nobody has seen “lights out” merriman since he got busted for ‘roids either

  18. jacunn2000 says: Aug 10, 2011 11:38 AM

    This guy was a huge disappointment last year when he stopped taking his drugs. Average LB at best when he is off his Pep Juice. He has been on the stuff since HS. Sorry Texans.

  19. granadafan says: Aug 10, 2011 11:49 AM

    Once a cheater, always a cheater.

  20. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    Hmmm, Cushing is slow to recover from an injury? Can’t imagine why that might be.

  21. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 10, 2011 11:57 AM

    Okay if any of you watched his play, you would have seen that his play didn’t fall off. Losing d-mac though really hurt him. He lead the defense and always put cushing in the right position. Don’t worry he’ll be back.

  22. polishrod says: Aug 10, 2011 12:29 PM

    I guess Cushing didnt get the memo that Border Patrol is looking out for smugglers these days.

    I heard he just signed a deal with the Tijuana Pill Poppers for 5yrs/All the pills you can handle

  23. kaoticbandito says: Aug 10, 2011 1:24 PM

    If / when Cushing has his knee destroyed on a coach-ordered hit where an offensive lineman intentionally takes out his knee, then Cushing’s career path will mirror Merriman’s.

    —————————————–

    “Sweep the leg…you got a problem with that?!”

    And LOL at the Lattimer quote Rachel. You beat me to it.

  24. TxGrown says: Aug 10, 2011 1:32 PM

    Maybe he does not want to wear those awful pajama red unis the texans like to torture us with.

  25. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 10, 2011 1:56 PM

    ” No one was complaining when I was out there breaking heads” -Steve Lattimer

  26. opie333 says: Aug 10, 2011 2:23 PM

    Let him get back on the juice! Give him some cocaine like LT used to do! It makes for a lot better game! LOL

  27. capslockkey says: Aug 10, 2011 2:27 PM

    “If / when Cushing has his knee destroyed on a coach-ordered hit where an offensive lineman intentionally takes out his knee, then Cushing’s career path will mirror Merriman’s.”

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

    Signed,
    Priest Holmes

  28. rickycubane says: Aug 10, 2011 2:40 PM

    seriously… dude is tryin to find a way around the HGH tests on gameday before he comes back.. prolly over seas scouring the PED markets to find a way to still cheat and play well…

    or he weighs 175 lbs and has to roid up before ppl ask questions again

  29. dd393 says: Aug 10, 2011 10:51 PM

    Better hurry up or you’ll miss your drug test.

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