Thursday, 28 February 2013

Cushing steps up recovery

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has revealed he is due to resuming jogging as part of his long road back from a serious knee injury. The Texans 2011 MVP tore his anterior cruciate ligament in October, cutting his season short and robbing the team of their influential defensive captain.

The Texans were severely weakened by the loss of Cushing last season, ending a linebacker partnership with J.J. Watt that was up there with any other in the entire league. Cushing was part of a defence that didn’t concede 25 points in any of the first five games of the season, but that figure was passed five times by opponents in the remaining 11 games without the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year in the line-up.

Now well into his rehab, Cushing has admitted he is desperate to get back on the field with the Texans in time for next season.

“Right now I’m focusing on my rehab, getting back, getting my knee back to 110 percent and just really looking to the year coming up. I’m looking forward to getting back out there with the guys and playing football.”

"It's been a long, long journey and I still have a lot to go, but you know, it just makes me cherish playing that much more,” admitted the 26 year old.

Cushing sustained the injury playing against the New York Jets at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Oct. 8, a decent stone’s throw from the linebacker’s hometown of Oradell, N.J.

With next season’s Super Bowl to be played at the MetLife Stadium, Cushing will need no further motivation as he works his way back to full fitness in the hope of being part of a Texans team looking to bounce back from last season’s play-off disappointment.

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