Will Grubb, SportsRadio610By Will Grubb

Houston (CBS Houston) – After two season-ending injuries in the last two years, Brian Cushing is ready to put it all behind him.

Cushing, who suffered a torn LCL and a fractured fibula last season, took a step towards doing that when he practiced with the Texans for the first time on Wednesday.

“I feel a lot better, I think this year than I did this time last year,” Cushing said Wednesday. “I feel a lot more confident now.”

Cushing was in full pads as the Texans held a joint practice with the Falcons, but did not participate in any of the contact portions.

“Anytime you have two significant injuries in back to back years, you just got to be smart,” Cushing said. “You got to take care of yourself and obviously get myself into the best shape I can possibly be in.”

He’s been taking what he calls ‘mental reps’ on the sidelines, but also knows there is no replacement for live action. But for Cushing, returning from a second season ending injury is not just a physical recovery, but a mental one too.

“When guys leave the building, the season is over and you’re in there by yourself just rehabbing everyday. There’s not many people around. It is kind of tough to deal with that,” Cushing said. “It has been a tough past two years but I feel that the worst part is over.”

Cushing isn’t expected to play this Saturday when the Texans host the Falcons. Bill O’Brien has mentioned that he could be available against Denver.

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