Brian Cushing ready to go for Texans
Linebacker Brian Cushing was cleared to return to practice for the Houston Texans on Monday after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament on October 8 against the New York Jets.
According to NBC Sports ProFootballTalk, Dr. James Andrews has given Cushing full clearance. The 2009 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, Cushing, will be with the Texans for training camp. The Texans will most likely ease Cushing into full action given the nature of his injury, but he should definitely be ready to go Week One.
The hit which caused the injury, done by Jets guard Matt Slauson, resulted in Slauson getting a $10,000 fine. Prior to missing the remainder of last season, Cushing had missed just four games during his three previous seasons in the NFL. Those four games were missed due to a suspension he had to serve in 2010 for testing positive for a banned substance.
Houston confirmed Cushing’s return via Twitter:
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) July 17, 2013