Sep 9, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (56) reacts before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Reliant Stadium. The Texans defeated the Dolphins 30-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
It’s been a long rehab process for Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, and after an offseason of uncertainty about his immediate future, it now appears he is well on the road to start the season healthy and able.
Nick Scurfield of the Texans official site reported a few hours ago that Dr. James Andrews will clear Cushing on July 17, just nine days before training camp begins on the 26th. Cushing’s ACL injury sustained early in October last season has been among the biggest headlines for the Texans in the past nine months, and after sitting on the sidelines during mini camp and rehabbing with trainers, it’s an overall relief to hear he’ll be on the turf come training camp
After Adrian Peterson successfully managed to defy the human body last season and bounce back from an ACL injury to win the MVP award, the sky is the limit for Cushing heading towards August. It’s likely he’ll still ease into practice slowly though, and play a big part in mentoring rookies Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams in practices in the lead up to presason.