Texans could get a defensive difference-maker back next week

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The Houston Texans can bring back veteran linebacker Brian Cushing next week if they want to.

Believe it or not, starting linebacker Brian Cushing can finally return to the Houston Texans next week after serving a 10 game suspension this season for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy for a second time during his career.

So far the Texans haven’t indicated whether or not they will activate Cushing next week in preparation for their divisional game against the Tennessee Titans on December 3rd. We may not hear anything until early next week, since they’re able to to activate him on November 23rd, right after their Monday night game against the Baltimore Ravens.

You could argue that the Texans don’t need Cushing, given how well rookies Dylan Cole and Zach Cunningham have played.

The only problem is that Houston’s defense has been decimated by injuries and even Cole himself missed this past week’s game, so bringing Cushing back might be what the Texans need.

Houston may not see a need to have Cushing play right now and we may no longer see him play another down for the Texans. Or they could have him sit out and use him if they continue to suffer injuries on defense.

The 30 year-old Cushing has two years left on his current contract with his deal set to expire after the 2019 NFL season. If Houston cuts him after this season, they would only take on $1.9 million of dead money.  So his time with the Texans could soon be over.

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