When Texans linebacker Brian Cushing sprained his MCL in the Texans week one win over the Bears he was supposed to be out four-to-six weeks. 21 days later, he made his return in the Texans 27-20 win over the Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium.
Cushing finished with three tackles and an assist, and after the game he said the initial prognosis was what motivated him to comeback ahead of schedule.
“Didn’t want to believe the initial diagnosis, didn’t want to be out that long, and that really cut the time down, big time.”
Cushing returned to practice Wednesday, but the team was coy on whether he’d be able to play. Reports began to surface Sunday morning that’d be active, though he had an idea a little earlier than that.
“I practiced, but it’s a lot different than a full game,” he said. “By about (Saturday) and Friday we had a pretty good idea that most likely I would (play).”
Now that he’s healthy again, Cushing knows that while the Texans sit in first place in the AFC South at 3-1, they can be better.
“There’s some stuff here and there we need to fix and patch up. We’re 3-1 through the first quarter of the season, that’s a lot better than what we were last year at this time, only going to up from here, we understand that, and we’re excited for the next couple of games coming up.
The Texans next game will be Sunday in Minnesota before coming home to face division rival Indianapolis.