Cushing remains uncertain if he will be allowed to play Saturday night against Denver. If not, he will participate in the regular-season opener against Washington, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"For the most part, I've been practicing a good amount," he said. "I'm excited to be back out there. Any game-time situation, obviously, I want to play and play a good amount, but that's not up to me. That's up to the coaches."
Cushing has proven productive when healthy. He has averaged nearly eight tackles a game throughout his career.
In addition to going without running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, the
Cushing is coming back from a torn knee ligament and a broken fibula. Head coach Bill O'Brien is unsure when exactly he'll return to practice. Nix has a meniscus injury he's dealing with. Williams was placed on IR before last season with an injury.
While he vowed to be ready for the season opener, Cushing would not put a timetable on his return to the practice field. "I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there," he told the team's website.
"I’m still working out every day," he added. "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."
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