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Brian Cushing “ahead of schedule” in rehab from ACL injury


The Houston Texans lost a significant piece to their defense in October when linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL in a game against the New York Jets. Though they still finished as the seventh-ranked defense in the league, the Texans lost some of their explosiveness with Cushing.

It appears as though Cushing is well on his way to getting back in time for next season.

According to the team’s official website, Texans owner Bob McNair is very pleased with the progress Cushing is making in rehabilitating his injured knee.

McNair said Cushing is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery.

Cushing had surgery a couple of weeks following the injury in late October. It will be a full nine months after the surgery when training camp opens for the Texans in late July and another six weeks before the regular season begins in September. If Cushing is on track, or even ahead of schedule as McNair suggests, it’s possible he’ll be ready to return to the field by the start of the season.

Cushing played in five games for Houston this season and recorded 30 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

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26 Responses to “Brian Cushing “ahead of schedule” in rehab from ACL injury”
  1. vysethelegend says: Feb 7, 2013 4:39 AM

    Is it bad that every time I hear this kind of story, I start thinking of the possibility of IGF-1 use?

  2. fuglyflorio says: Feb 7, 2013 4:52 AM

    Everyone is always ahead of schedule. Every surgery is successful. Every player is going to come back 100%.

  3. pinion8ted says: Feb 7, 2013 6:40 AM

    Whenever someone previously caught with PED’s is “ahead of their rehab schedule”, I’m gonna think three words:

    Deer Antler Spray.

  4. andymannfl says: Feb 7, 2013 7:03 AM

    When is an athlete not ‘ahead of schedule?’ Maybe it’s time to change the ‘schedule’ in light of this.

  5. jm91rs says: Feb 7, 2013 7:03 AM

    A little deer antler spray and some hgh got him ready to go a little faster than expected

  6. haterrus says: Feb 7, 2013 7:10 AM

    i think he will be one of those guys that will never play the full 16 games . Brittle is what come to mind.

  7. nannymcsack says: Feb 7, 2013 7:17 AM

    …too easy. ya don’t say.

  8. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:24 AM

    One of the few USC players that came in and made a difference. He is a high-motor player that can come up and make a stick on every play.

    The NFL is so focused on head injuries and they should, but, the injury that caused Brian Cushing to miss the remainder of the season made me squeamish.

    The offensive lineman dove straight at his knees and ruined his year and it was quite the productive one before the injury.

    When he comes back, the Houston Texans will be that much closer to being a serious threat, that is if Matt Schaub can play beyond average.

  9. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 7, 2013 7:28 AM

    Deer antler spray

  10. grizzlybear34 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:29 AM

    Clean as a whistle!

  11. jimthebuilder27 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:33 AM

    That was a dirty block by Matt Slauson. Too bad he didn’t have his season ended. Yet another reason to hate the Jets.

  12. natevidlak says: Feb 7, 2013 7:43 AM

    Of course he is. Look at that meat-head photo. Mr PED

  13. noeffinway says: Feb 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    so what’s his banned rehab substance of choice?

  14. slowclyde86 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:58 AM

    Wait, what? A known steroid abuser is ahead of schedule recovering from a serious injury? No way. Inconceivable! Good thing the nfl is on the honor system with hgh, else this might look suspicious.

  15. madmax80 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:58 AM

    Cushing’s ahead of schedule??

    I wonder how that happened. I’m sure it was through hard work and rehab. I’m sure it has almost nothing to do with all the anterler-less deer that have been spotted around Houston. . . . .

  16. rhamrhoddy says: Feb 7, 2013 8:05 AM

    Shocking. Must have good genes or something.

  17. lightcleric says: Feb 7, 2013 8:07 AM

    Probably the only guy as important as Justin Smith to their respective defense. The numbers may say #7 but they were average at best without him, they got shredded by so many teams.

  18. eroschmidt says: Feb 7, 2013 8:37 AM

    Deer antler velvet extract….

  19. swellbuilt says: Feb 7, 2013 8:45 AM

    Roids will do that…

  20. schmokes says: Feb 7, 2013 9:03 AM

    Maybe he’s using some Deer Antler Spray. It wouldn’t be the first time he’s used banned substances. #juicer

  21. dodirty12 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:21 AM

    Must be back on that juice

  22. 2jivecrew says: Feb 7, 2013 9:36 AM

    Funny how in the last year or so all these athletes are coming back way ahead of schedule. It’s obvious these guys are using stuff and the NFL is looking the other way. Where was the NFL’s investigation into Ray Spray?

  23. barroomhero80 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:40 AM

    Poster boy for doping

  24. nimbushex says: Feb 7, 2013 11:12 AM

    It’s funny that most people don’t seem to realize that the only difference between Cushing and the majority of other athletes in the NFL is Cushing was caught.

  25. slowclyde86 says: Feb 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    I love all the thumbs down on comments referencing his steroid use. You know its Texans fans, who would point the thumb in the other direction were it a player from a different team.

  26. citizenstrange says: Feb 7, 2013 3:16 PM

    I bet he’s “over training” again. And Bob McNair will back him up on it … again.

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