In-Game Notes: Cushing returns; Hopkins injured

In-Game Notes: Cushing returns; Hopkins injured
August 17, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Brian Cushing returned to game action for the first time in 10 months on Saturday night against the Dolphins.

On the first play of the game, Cushing was pancaked on a block but came back to make a very strong play shortly after.

On a 3rd-and-11 from the 34-yard-line, Ryan Tannehill threw a little dump off pass to Lamar Miller. Cushing was able to shed a blocker and make a big tackle in the backfield for a five-yard loss. The Texans missed those plays last season.

The Texans’ starting defense was introduced individually prior to the game. J.J. Watt was introduced second-to-last and Cushing was the final player out of the tunnel. Cushing got a very loud ovation from the crowd.

Cushing had an opportunity to make a huge play a little later in the first quarter. He went flying at Tannehill in the backfield but somehow came up empty on the sack attempt.

Cushing was injured last Oct. 8, when he tore his Achilles. He missed the rest of the season but rehabbed and was cleared to return this summer. He didn’t play in the first preseason game in Minnesota on the turf.

Injury update
First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins is out with a head injury. He will not return. Hopkins had two catches for 22 yards. He was taken into the locker room for evaluation before it was announced that he would not return.

Shiloh Keo hurt his calf and is out. Eddie Pleasant has an injured knee; his return is questionable.