Cushing will be ready to start season
Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tore his ACL in October verse the New York Jets but is very confident that he’ll be ready for Week One of the NFL season. The linebacker also says he’s close to returning to the practice field but will hold off till the start of camp.
“My return is right around the corner, so that’s a good feeling,” Cushing said on Monday after the Texans’ first practice of OTAs. “I can definitely tell you I’ll be ready for the first game of the season, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready for the first practice come training camp.” (Houston Texans)
If this turns out to be true then that’s great news for the Texans and their fans. Cushing was off to a slow start in 2012 but there’s no doubt about how good he is when he’s healthy. He’s the teams defensive captain and was the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Cushing says that he hasn’t had any setbacks in his nine months of recovery and is steadily adding more work. He says he’s been been running, squatting, jumping and doing position drills in his rehab. Brian claims that the only thing he feels he just needs a little more strength in the knee before being 100 percent.
“I think I’m doing pretty much everything I can do,” Cushing said. “I feel great. I think it’s just that last little bit of strength that I need to get, and then I’ll be good.
“There haven’t been any setbacks. It’s going great. I’m starting to feel like me again, and that’s a hell of a feeling considering where I was and how hard it was just some mornings to even get up and walk. It’s just night and day, and it’s in the past. It’s full throttle now, and I’m gonna go as hard as I can until I’m back.”(Houston Texans)
If Cushing doesn’t have any setbacks during training camp and does start week one against the San Diego Chargers then I’d expect a big season for the Texans defense. The unit gave up only 20.7 points and 323.3 yards per game in 2012. One would think they’d be better with their captain back in the fold.