Cushing had four tackles and two passes defensed in Houston's 27-20 win over Tennessee in Week 4.
Cushing had missed the last two games with a knee injury that initially had him projected to miss up to six weeks, so seeing him practice and on the field for Week 4 was unexpected. Give him a few weeks to get back up to speed and while that happens, Benardrick McKinney (nine tackles) will pick up the tackling slack at inside linebacker.
The stalwart linebacker hasn't taken the field since suffering an MCL sprain versus the Bears in the opener, and his return Sunday means he's beat the initial six-week recovery timetable by a few weeks. Cushing logged limited practices throughout the week and should be a full go against a run-heavy Titans attack that could afford him considerable tackle opportunities.
Cushing hasn't played since spraining his MCL against the Bears in the team's season opener and he was initially ruled out for six weeks. However, he practiced in a limited fashion all week and could return after just two games off. Look for Max Bullough to continue to see additional snaps if Cushing is held out again or limited in a return.
Cushing's original diagnosis might have kept him sidelined for up to six weeks, but it appears the issue has improved. Barring any setbacks throughout the week in practice, Cushing could return to game action as early as Sunday against the Titans.
Cushing just can't seem to stay healthy, as the torn MCL is an addition to an already extensive list of injuries the eighth-year linebacker has suffered throughout his career. The good news is that the tear will not require surgery, but with no Cushing for the next six weeks, the
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