Kubiak on Cushing’s Return: We’ll Give Him a Chance to Catch Up Real Quick

Last week marked the end of Brian Cushing’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.  He returned to the Texans Monday to watch film, and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle had the news:

“We’re excited to have Brian back and ready to go,” coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. “He’s a worker, and he’s been putting himself through everything he can possibly do without playing a game.

“There’s a level of sharpness from not playing, not taking all the snaps. Everybody on the team is about 250 snaps ahead of him, but he’s proven he can play missing practice; he did that last year.

Kubiak said Monday that Cushing proved he can miss time and make an impact after last year’s missed training camp.  He said that his presence betters the defense by helping “rush the passer when we bring five. He helps us in nickel (coverage).” McClain also reported Kubiak commented on Brian’s leadership and manner of return:

“Brian’s a leader by his play. He’s a very fiery guy and a physical player. Guys look for him to make plays.”

“We’ll give him a chance to catch up real quick.”

Cushing plays a valuable role for the Texans and Xavier Adibi hasn’t been cutting it.  If the Texans’ Bernard Pollard is cleared for Sunday at Reliant against the New York Giants, then I’d expect huge games out of the Texans’ defensive playmakers DeMeco Ryans, Mario Williams, Antonio Smith, Amobi Okoye, Pollard and Cushing.


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