Brian Cushing Biggest Key for Houston Texans in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
Brian Cushing exits playing field
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The Houston Texans were without the captain of their defense for half of the regular season and all of the postseason in 2012-13. One of the NFL‘s elite Middle Linebackers in Brian Cushing was missed dearly by a Texans team that was one win away from AFC Championship game for the second season in a row.

Against a lowly New York Jets team in week eight, Cushing tore the infamous Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee, and underwent surgery on the 25th of that same month.

Reports have surfaced that Cushing is indeed doing well in rehab but, I advise Texans’ fans to not to expect an Adrian Peterson-type comeback, as the Minnesota Vikings running back’s recovery is unheard of. Texans’ chairman and CEO Bob Mcnair claimed Cushing was “ahead of schedule” but he also said ” these things take time” when talking about the injury.

On a brighter note, the team is hopeful to have him back in September when the team opens up the 2013 season. If Cushing is even 80% when the new season hits, I have my doubts that he will not be suiting up as he is one of the most fierce competitors in the NFL.

In fact, Cushing was the teams 2011 MVP and led the Texans in tackles two of this first three seasons in the league. Cushing and Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will definitely be a part of one of the scariest defenses in all of the league, if the two remain healthy.

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