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Friday, July 11, 2014

Texans Injury Update: Brian Cushing confident he'll be ready for season opener

By on 7/11/2014 10:30:00 AM

For the second consecutive offseason, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is recovering from an injury. For the second consecutive season, it appears he'll be ready to return to the field for Houston in time for the team's opener.

The 27-year-old's 2014 regular season came to an abrupt end against the Kansas City Chiefs in October. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles lowered his helmet to block Cushing, who was blitzing, and hit cushing's knee. The impact broke Cushing's fibula and tore his LCL.

Cushing spent last offseason recovering from a torn ACL and recovered from the injury in time to start the 2013 season for the Texans. When asked if he would be able to start the 2014 season, Cushing said it wasn't just possible, it was a certainty.

"I know I'll be ready," Cushing told the team's official website. "I know when it's go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I'll be there."

Technically, no official timetable has been placed on Cushing's return. But it's understandable for a player who has undergone season-ending injuries in back-to-back seasons to want another crack at the game. Cushing acknowledged the past two seasons have been hard, but said he is ready for 2014.

"It's been a tough two years, but I'm ready to put it behind me and have a great year," Cushing said. "I feel good, and I'm just excited about the opportunity and the things ahead of us for this team."

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