Brian Cushing says he’s had over 20 surgeries

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Brian Cushing is working hard to keep his career going after taking so much punishment in the NFL.

Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing is not the player he was when he came into the NFL as a first round pick back in 2009. But he’s still someone that can help out on the defensive side of the ball.

One reason for Cushing’s decline, aside from his age, is the fact that he claims he’s undergone “over 20” surgeries during his pro career.

Cushing explained just what it took for him to get ready for training camp as well as the upcoming season.

"“There were times when I thought I might not be able to play anymore,” Cushing said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m still able to come out there and play the game I love.“It’s been a collective effort by a lot of people, from the trainers and coaches to my wife and parents. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to be able to play.”"

Cushing was given the day off on Saturday, which was smart of the Texans’ coaches since they already know what he can do on the field. It’s best to let him rest and not over work him this summer.

Cushing isn’t the only veteran getting some rest. Houston also gave J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney a break on Sunday.

The good news for the 30 year-old Cushing is that he’s only missed three games over the past two seasons after missing 20 games between during the 2012 and 2013 seasons combined.

Given Cushing’s age and the wear and tear he’s undergone, his career is certainly winding down. Which is why the Texans selected linebacker Zach Cunningham in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Cushing’s contract isn’t set to run out until after the 2019 season. But f he wants to stick around past the upcoming season he’ll need to prove that he still has plenty to offer.