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LB Ryans speaks out on teammate Brian Cushing

Texans LB DeMeco Ryans spent some time speaking out on the situation regarding Brian Cushing and the ongoing saga with the teams former Defensive Rookie of the year.

Here are some remarks from Ryans on the issue via the Texans’ public relations department:

(on the difficulty of helping fellow LB Brian Cushing through this process and knowing they’ll play without him for four games)
“It’s definitely going to be tough for us, missing a great player for four games. He brought a lot to our defense, so we’re going to miss him. We’re definitely going to miss him. But guys have to step up. It’s just like if anyone got injured on this team, the next man, his number’s called, he has to step up and come in and play well for us. And going through this situation with Cushing, it’s been difficult on him. So for me, it’s just giving him advice: just face it and do what you have to do, but learn from it and move on. That’s the biggest thing that I had to tell him.”

(on if he believes Cushing) “Oh yeah, I believe him. Cushing is a hard working guy. There’s nobody that works as hard as Cush and is as competitive as he is. I don’t think that he would cheat the game, the way that people call him a cheater, and I don’t think that Cushing is that type of person.”

(on if he was shocked by the news) “Everyone was shocked. Just like, you know, you hear that news and everyone is shocked. I’m at home for the weekend, that news pops up—it’s like, ‘Wow. We’re going to be missing Cushing for four games.’ But the first thought is, hopefully he is ok, health-wise.”

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