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Brian Cushing knows he’ll be ready for Week One

Brian Cushing, Russell Wilson 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┬áthat 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.

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9 Responses to “Brian Cushing knows he’ll be ready for Week One”
  1. brandonj21 says: Jul 9, 2014 10:07 AM

    I aint worried about Cushing.. He will be fine. The 2 injuries were just wrong place at the wrong time. A dirty hit one year and a helmet on the knee the next which would have taken out the toughest of the toughest. Texans D gonna surprise under Romeo in 2014 !!

  2. archersofmtdoom says: Jul 9, 2014 10:48 AM

    And out by week 3 with an injury…

  3. ravensrunthenfl says: Jul 9, 2014 11:12 AM

    He’ll get injured again. No questions about it.

  4. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 9, 2014 11:24 AM

    where is Cushing on his latest roids cycle

    this man has been a cheater since Bergen Catholic

  5. stunzeed5 says: Jul 9, 2014 11:35 AM

    Alfred Morris speedbump week 1…

  6. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 9, 2014 11:40 AM

    great bet would be who plays more games.. Cushing or Gronk?

  7. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2014 11:54 AM

    PED jokes aside, I hope doesn’t pull an RG3 and rush back too quickly. Linebacker is arguably the most physical position on the field. I’m sure the Texans would rather have him miss one game rather than another year.

  8. slick50ks says: Jul 9, 2014 1:46 PM

    Texan fans are about to learn what Chiefs fans learned several years ago: The game has passed Romeo by. At this point I’d put him in the bottom 5 defensive coordinators in the league. The fact that he wanted Kendrick Lewis, one of the worst safeties in the league, should be an indication that he’s no longer “got it”.

  9. johnnyparada says: Jul 9, 2014 4:15 PM

    Cushing’s a Beeeeeast!!!

    Hope he stays “uninjured”

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