Brian Cushing says he feels great, this time he means it.

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All last season, Brian Cushing tried to tell people he was fine.

The film showed that he wasn’t.

The Texans linebacker battled knee problems last year after tearing his ACL in 2012, along with surgery to repair a broken wrist. He hopes the problems are behind him, and the Texans don’t have to limit his snaps like last year.

“There’s a different mindset when you go out onto the field and you know you’re 100 percent and you know you’re going to take over a game,” Cushing said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “And there’s where you know you’re probably going to be limited, and it’s tough. The worst feeling in the world is being on the sideline. There was a good amount of time during critical games last year I was [on the sideline]. And sometimes not even playing, missing two games. As a captain and a guy who’s been here for a while, I consider myself a big impact player.

“To get that taken away from you is kind of an empty feeling. But it’s not forever.”

Cushing called the knee problems that stemmed from his torn ACL “the hardest part of my caerer,” and said that at 28, he feels like he’s still in his prime. At the same time, he admitted that he might have been trying to convince himself he was fine last year, when he clearly wasn’t.

“I want to tell myself I’m all right,” he said. “I believe in a lot of positive energy and not believing that I’m hurt or banged up and pushing through things. I consider myself a pretty tough guy, I can handle a lot of things. But you know, I was obviously hurt in more than one area of my body. I didn’t want to complain about it. I didn’t want to complain about it or make any excuses.”

If the Texans can keep Cushing and Jadeveon Clowney well, they have a chance to have an incredible defense, with the steady excellence of J.J. Watt in front of them. But so far, they haven’t been able to enjoy that.

15 responses to “Brian Cushing says he feels great, this time he means it.

  1. Brian Cushing is the only LB I’ve ever seen authoritatively tackle Marshawn Lynch straight up. Hope he can put his injuries past him and regain his dominant form.

  2. I’d like to hear a player coming back from rehab say “I’ll never be the player I once was, but I think I’m 80-85% of where I used to be”. Never going to happen. I remember the reports after we signed Ahman Green about how he was “in the best shape of his life”.

    At the end of the day, this is all just talk. Let’s see if he can hold up over the course of a season, and be the same impactful player he was at the beginning of his career.

  3. Here’s hoping Cushing really is healthy and stays that way. I’ve sure missed seeing him on the field being the beast that he is.

    Oh, and you steroid trolls please exit left.

  4. How can he play injured and be from USC and that guy from GB is always on sideline at crunch time ???

  5. Rick Smith needs to be fired. Picking Clowney — a player that was already seriously injured and had serious motivation problems — should have been his death knell, but our idiot owner keeps him around for some bizarre reason. Clowney will never play in the NFL.

  6. Cushing is the poster boy for steroid abuse. His body is constantly breaking down on him at such a young age, it’s unfortunate. However, that’s what happens when the body builds muscle too quickly. The joints don’t have time to adjust and you see things like blown out knees. Although it may be unpopular to accuse a guy of PEDs, just do a google image search of Cushing in college. He had grown man boobs at one point. Common side effect of steroids, especially amongst young users who don’t know what they’re doing. Hopefully he’s not another Shawn Merriman.

  7. Are you serious, phillyboypat5? You should only talk if you know what you are talking about. After getting busted, he still came back and played at the same level, or even better till he had opposing players dive straight at his knees, breaking/tearing ligaments. Yea, I’m sure it was all because of roids. I suppose whenever someone dives straight at your knees and end up with a serious injury, it was likely because of roids. Get a clue.

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