Cushing Tweets he's been medically cleared

Cushing Tweets he's been medically cleared
April 16, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Brian Cushing was in Pensacola, Fla. on Wednesday and the Texans' linebacker tweeted that he's been medically cleared by his doctor.


Cushing has played in just 12 games over the last two seasons because of two different knee injuries. 

In 2012, his season ended when he tore his ACL on the road against the Jets. Cushing worked his way back and started the 2013 season off strong. But then, he broke his fibula and tore his LCL (same leg) in Week 7 in Kansas City. 

"I'm just looking forward to playing football again," Cushing said on Sirius XM radio Tuesday. "Getting back, playing the game I love and putting forward a full 16 games."

Cushing's injury in 2013 was less severe than his injury in 2012. He rehabbed from that ACL and proved he was strong enough to get a contract extension before last season began. 

Just because Cushing is now cleared, it doesn't mean the Texans will let him do everything right away. They might want to ease him back into action when OTAs begin next month. In late March Cushing did post this video of himself working out to show how his recovery is going.

Shortly after the Texans' hired Bill O'Brien, Cushing was asked if going through rehab before last season made this injury any easier. 

"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."

 

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