Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been sidelined by injuries in each of the past two seasons. When the season starts in September, Cushing says he will be out on the field, Ryan Hagerty of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
“I know I’ll be ready,” Cushing said in an interview with the Texans team website on Tuesday. “I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there.”
Cushing was placed on injured reserve in Week 7 of the 2013 season after he broke his fibula and tore his fibular collateral ligament on a low block by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. It was the second season-ending injury in two seasons.
Cushing tore his ACL in October 2012 during a Monday night win over the Jets. A controversial low block by Jets guard Matt Slauson led to a $10,000 fine and rules change that now protects defensive players from certain blocks.
Cushing said he does not have a timetable for his return, but he has been training hard to make sure he is ready.
“I’m still working out every day,” Cushing told the website. “I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp, come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job.”
“It’s been a tough two years, but I’m ready to put it behind me and have a great year,” Cushing said. “I feel good, and I’m just excited about the opportunity and the things ahead of us for this team.”