The Houston Texans official website has a story post today about the “Night and Day offseasons for Brian Cushing” the oft injured linebacker of the Texans.
In the article by Deepi Sidhu, she wrote the following on Cushing as he recovers from a season-ending LCL injury from last season, quoting the linebacker of the Texans as saying:
“There’s so much uncertainty going into camp, being really anxious about my health, about my knee, my contract situation, my future with the team, all that …”
Sidhu also quoted Cushing as saying the injuries were “night-and-day.”
Last year Cushing at this time was recovering from an ACL tear.
For his career (parts of five seasons) Cushing has 401 total tackles and 11 sacks. He’s played in all 16 games twice in his career in 2009 and 2011. The past two seasons with his injuries he played in just 12 games.
This past season, in the seven games he played, in Cushing totaled 48 tackles, and 1.5 sacks. He also had an interception in Week 1 in San Diego against the Chargers, which he returned for a touchdown. That game was just one of the two games the Texans would win all season as they were an NFL-worst 2-14 (14 consecutive losses) for the year.
If Cushing can come back healthy and STAY healthy in 2014 he would help make the Texans defense really dangerous, especially if they decide to draft South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with their No. 1 overall selection.
Pairing Clowney with both Cushing and fellow defensive end J.J. Watt would be a sight to see if all three were healthy at the same time.
As for Cushing, Texans fans need to hope he stays on the healthy track for this offseason. The team can afford no setbacks with one of their better players.
Now we all just have to wait and hope for the best when it comes to Cushing.
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