Report: Texans LB Brian Cushing cleared for training camp

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Nine months after tearing his ACL, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been cleared to practice. (USATSI)
Nine months after tearing his ACL, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been cleared to practice. (USATSI)

When the Houston Texans' veterans report to training camp on July 25, linebacker Brian Cushing won't just be there, he'll be allowed to participate. Dr. James Andrews has cleared Cushing to practice, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

Cushing has been out since October, when he tore his ACL in a Week 5 win over the New York Jets. On the play where he was injured, Cushing was undercut by Jets guard Matt Slauson. Slauson wasn't flagged on the play, but he was eventually fined.

The fifth-year linebacker had promised in mid-June that he would be ready for training camp. "As far as camp goes, the first day, I'll be out there; I'll be in pads," Cushing said at the time. "As far as how much I'll do in camp, I'm not sure yet, but I know I will definitely be doing a good amount of it, try to get a preseason game in for sure, just knock some of that rust off and be 100 percent come the first game."

The Texans' defense finished seventh in the league last season without Cushing, but that was actually a dropoff from 2011, when Houston finished second overall with Cushing in the lineup.

In four seasons with the Texans, Cushing has led the team in tackles twice (2009, 2011). The former USC linebacker was also named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2009.

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