Cushing 1 1/2-2 months from 100 percent

Cushing 1 1/2-2 months from 100 percent
January 6, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Brian Cushing walks off the field in San Diego after the Texans' Week 1 win.

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Brian Cushing was at Reliant Stadium on Friday to meet new head coach Bill O'Brien.

But after he gave his thoughts on O'Brien, Cushing also updated his rehab status.

"It’s going real well," Cushing said. "I probably have about another month and a half, two months until I’m 100 percent. So definitely have to work a little bit but I’m looking forward to it."

Cushing went down in the Oct. 20 game against the Chiefs. He suffered a torn LCL and a broken leg. This is the second straight season he finished on IR. Last year, he tore his ACL in the same leg. But this injury is less serious.

Cushing is one of the Texans' best players and is the leader of the defense. He signed a contract extension before the start of the 2013 season and began the year playing at an extremely high level. Then came the second straight season-ending injury.

On Friday, he was asked if going through rehab last year has made it any easier this time around.

"I don't think so," he said. "I don't think so to be completely honest with you. Rehab's rehab. It's tough regardless, it's just tough we're doing it a second year in a row. I guess it's one of those things that'll only make you stronger in the long run. I'll just be more appreciative when it's time to play again."