Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing still recovering from LCL tear


Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Houston Texans line backer Brian Cushing (56) walks off the field after a 31-28 win against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Official Houston Texans website reported that injured linebacker Brian Cushing is off crutches and has began weight bearing exercises.

Deepi Sidhu reported in the article:

"“On Tuesday, Cushing appeared on the Verizon Players show on Texans Radio walking slowly, but unassisted by the crutches he had been using for five weeks. Five days from now, he hopes to be on the sideline for Sunday’s game against New England.”"

That is great news for Cushing and the Texans, as this is his second major injury the past two seasons. Last season, he tore his right ACL. This year, he tore his left LCL.

Sidhu quoted Cushing, as he said:

"“I think OTAs will be no problem. I would hope to be a lot earlier too. I am hoping that January/February, I think I’ve said before, is really the goal right now …”"

I really hope Cushing is fully recovered by OTAs because the Texans will really need him in 2014. It is evident they are missing his presence and leadership this season.

Cushing, who had 48 tackles this season, was injured in the 17-16 loss at Kansas City. Cushing also tallied 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. For his career, he has 11 sacks and 401 total tackles in his abbreviated five seasons with the Texans.

What worries me about Cushing is his overall health going forward, because how many players can recover from those type of injuries and still be the same type of player they were?

It is a valid question and one we’ll eventually find out the answer to. All I know is there is hope for Cushing’s recovery, but the Texans better have a Plan B as well.