Brian Cushing knows he’ll be ready for Week One

AP

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said in April that he was cleared by doctors after the knee and leg injuries that ended his 2013 season, something that fit right in with coach Bill O’Brien’s stated expectation that the linebacker would be ready to go when training camp started.

The start of camp is drawing closer, but Cushing’s availability is a little cloudier. He said Tuesday that he wasn’t sure when he would be back on the practice field, which would seem to leave open the possibility that he’ll spend some time on the PUP list when camp does open. Cushing’s belief that he’ll be ready to go come the first week of the regular season hasn’t been shaken, however.

“I know I’ll be ready,” Cushing said, via the team’s website. “I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there.”

If a slower start to practicing makes it likelier that he’ll avoid another trip to injured reserve, it makes all the reason for Houston to tread lightly with Cushing. The last two years have been a medical nightmare for Cushing as he’s played just 12 games for a Texans team that has missed his presence in the middle of the defense and a threepeat would likely force the team to consider other options in 2015 and beyond.